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VR-Zone is a leading online technology news publication reporting on bleeding edge trends in PC and mobile gadgets, with in-depth reviews and commentaries. Our inquisitive team of journalists cover ...

VR-Zone is a leading online technology news publication reporting on bleeding edge trends in PC and mobile gadgets, with in-depth reviews and commentaries. Our inquisitive team of journalists cover key international events like CES, CeBIT, MWC, Computex and local exhibitions like CommunicAsia, IT SHOW, PC SHOW, COMEX and SITEX.

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  • September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone features include redundant firmware (BIOS), consolidated voltage measurement points, and OC hard-tuning buttons apart from power and reset buttons. Google urges Gmail users in Iran to change their passwords Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-urges-gmail-users-in-iran-to- change-their-passwords/13544.html September 14th, 2011To begin with, Foxconn did some rearrangement in thebottom-half of the PCB. On the sample we saw at Computex,expansion slots were arranged (from top to bottom) as PCIe You may have read about the digital break-in at Dutchx4, PCIe x16 (electrical x16/x8), PCIe x16 (electrical x8), legacy certificate authority DigiNotar, and the subsequent revelationPCI, PCIe x16 (electrical x16/x8), and PCIe x16 (electrical x8). that an Iranian hacker who goes by the name ofWith the new version, theyre arranged as PCIe x16 (electrical "Comodohacker" having made away with fraudulent digitalx16/x8), PCIe x4, PCIe x16 (electrical x8), PCIe x16 (electical certificates for hundreds of popular Internet destinations. Thisx16/x8), legacy PCI, and PCIe x16 (electrical x8). The new ranges from websites such as Google, Yahoo, Mozilla andexpansion slot layout is a notch better, as it makes room for Skype; social networks such as Facebook, Twitter; and eventhree graphics cards that are two slots thick, to be installed. domains belonging to the CIA and Mossad, the Israeli Secret Service. It is still unclear if Comodohacker is doing it for glory or personal profit - such as by reselling the illicitly obtained email communications to the Iranian government, for example. According to Google, the perpetrator behind the attack on DigiNotar appeared to be interested in intercepting the communications of Gmail users and customers residing in Iran. With this in mind, Google has taken the offensive and is now advising its Iranian users to change their email passwordsMoving on, Foxconn didnt have the PCH (X79 chipset) to protect themselves from online attacks.heatsink design in mind when designing the older iteration. In a blog post last week, Eric Grosse, the VP Security EngineerThe new one makes room for the heatsink, pushing aside most at Google, wrote: "We learned last week that the compromisetall components. For example, the three EEPROM chips that of a Dutch company involved with verifying the authenticity ofwere arranged in a file are now pushed to the bottom-right websites could have put the Internet communications of manycorner, along with the two tall capacitors. This change doesnt Iranians at risk, including their Gmail." Emphasizing thattake away anything from the older iteration, just relocates the internal systems of the search giant itself have not beenit. Theres now a small speaker for beep diagnostics that compromised, Grosse urged all users in Iran to take "concretewasnt found on the older board, the numerical diagnostic- steps" to secure their accounts.LED display is still there. The rest are cosmetic changes, suchas certain chips being moved around. With the final revision, As expected, this includes the changing of their passwords,it is expected that the SAS (serial-attached SCSI) ports will be which will prevent harvested passwords from being used forremoved, leaving behind around 8 SATA ports. further unauthorized access. Moreover, Grosse also encourage users to preempt future problems by verifying and updatingThe Quantum Force X79 is positioned to be a high-end their account recovery options. As in the case of any hackedsocket LGA2011 motherboard. The processor is powered by email account, the changing of a password does nothinga 14-phase VRM that makes use of DirectFET MOSFETs, to protect old email messages that may already have beenwhich when backed by a good I2C-capable VRM controller pilfered by a malicious party. In the event of a suspected break-have known to provide smooth voltage control. Such FETs in, however, changing ones password would at least be usefulhave been used on older Quantum Force motherboards and to foil ongoing snooping.BIOSTARs TPower series models. Other overclocker-friendly 17
  • September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone reads and 490 MB/s writes; and just one set of random access throughput, up to 40,000 IOPS read and 45,000 IOPS write. These figures are known to vary between the different variants,Intel SSD 520 Cherryville The and so well have to wait for the final specifications that areFaster, Tougher Successor of specific to variants.SSD 510 Available in the 2.5-inch SATA form-factor, the drives will make use of 25 nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memorySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-ssd-520-cherryville-the-faster- made by Intel. Its controller will be compliant will the latesttougher-successor-of-ssd-510/13542.html in client SSD technologies. To begin with, there are bareSeptember 14th, 2011 essentials such as SMART, that reports if the drive is failing, TRIM, that works to minimize write performance degradation, and NCQ, which queues commands on the drives cache. The drive supports native 256-bit AES data encryption, and end- to-end data protection. Its physical durability is characterized by 1.2 million hoursAs an established player in the solid state drive (SSD) industry, MTBF (mean time before failure) rating, an operatingIntel has at its disposal a market which it can address temperature range of 0 to 70 oC, and 2.7 G (rms) vibrationwith the same breakneck product-cycle as its much larger tolerance.x86 processor product lines. The most recent roadmap slideand accompanying information we scored suggests that a Intel is expected to begin production of the SSD 520 series insuccessor is already around the corner for Intels well-received the fourth quarter of 2011.SSD 510 series high-performance client SSDs that use theSATA 6 Gbps interface. ASUS ROG Maximus IV GENE-As an established player in the solid state drive (SSD) industry,Intel has at its disposal a market which it can address Z Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-rog-maximus-iv-gene-z-with the same breakneck product-cycle as its much larger review/13491.htmlx86 processor product lines. The most recent roadmap slide September 14th, 2011and accompanying information we scored suggests that asuccessor is already around the corner for Intels well-receivedSSD 510 series high-performance client SSDs that use theSATA 6 Gbps interface. Probably one of the most anticipated ROG boards ever, the ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z has hit the market right in time to bring users all the benefits the Z68 chipset has to offer, as well as a plethora of overclocking features and connectivity in a micro-ATX form factor. Today we take a look at one of the best priced Sandy Bridge boards to date, the ASUS ROG Maximus IV Gene-Z, a powerful overclocking board in a tiny package. To begin we would like to show you a block diagram provided by Intel, of how the Z68 PCH(platform controller hub) connects to the rest of the system.Codenamed "Cherryville", Intels new high-end client SSDseries is called SSD 520. Its main design goals look to be tospread the series in capacities both higher and lower than whatthe SSD 510 series could address. While SSD 510 is availableonly in 120 GB and 250 GB variants, the new SSD 520 will adda higher capacity variant, 480 GB, and a lower capacity one,60 GB. A new 160 GB variant is added in the middle, and 250GB is replaced by 240 GB.With client SSDs and client environment in general, sequentialtransfer speeds are the king, Intel gave out just one set ofsequential transfer rates for the SSD 520 series, 530 MB/s 18
  • September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Dual Channel Memory Architecture Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. * Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists). * Due to CPU behavior, DDR3 2200/2000/1800 MHz memory module will run at DDR3 2133/1866/1600 MHz frequency as default.Compared to the earlier P67, the Z68 chipset adds Intel Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® SLI™HD Graphics support, as well as Intel Smart Responce TechnologyTechnology(SSD Caching). Intel probably should have skipped Supports AMD CrossFireX™P67 and just come out with the Z68 PCH. We see that ASUS Technologyhas taken the better route and used the more expensive IntelPHY for LAN connectivity, and avoided the cheaper Realtek Supports LucidLogix®chipsets we see on other boards. This motherboard also has Virtu™ TechnologyLucid Virtu technology which allows for switchable graphics, Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dualbut only a HDMI port is used, so maximum resolution will be x8)1920x1080 for those of you who want to use i-Mode Virtu to 1 x PCIe 2.0 x4save power. Storage Intel® Z68 chipset : 2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), redASUS ROG Maximus IVGENE-Z 4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), grayCPU Support Intel® Socket 1155 for 2nd Generation Core™ Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10 i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3 Processors Support Intel® Smart Supports Intel® 32 nm CPU Response Technology on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ Supports Intel® Turbo Boost processor family Technology 2.0 JMicron® JMB362 * The Intel® Turbo Boost controller : *1 Technology 2.0 support 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red depends on the CPU types. LAN Intel®, 1 x Gigabit LANChipset Intel Z68 ControllerGraphics Integrated Graphics Audio SupremeFX X-Fi 2 built-in Processor 8-Channel High Definition VGA output support : HDMI Audio CODEC port - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel - Supports HDMI with max. Jack-retasking resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz Audio Feature : - X-Fi® Xtreme Fidelity™Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333 - EAX® Advanced™ HD 5.0 Hz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory - THX® TruStudio PRO™ 19
  • September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Mem TweakIt - Creative ALchemy ROG Extreme OC kit : - Debug LED - Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection ProbeIt UEFI BIOS features : - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) - ROG BIOS Print at back panelUSB ASMedia® USB 3.0 - GPU.DIMM Post controller : 4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back GameFirst panel, blue, 2 at mid-board) iROG Extreme Tweaker Intel® Z68 chipset : Loadline Calibration 12 x USB 2.0 port(s) (8 at Overclocking Protection : back panel, black, 4 at mid- - COP EX (Component board) Overheat Protection - EX)FireWire - ASUS C.P.R.(CPUASUS Unique Features ASUS TurboV EVO : Parameter Recall) - CPU Level Up Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse ASUS Exclusive Features : combo port(s) - MemOK! 1 x HDMI - Onboard Button : Power/ 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s Reset/Clr CMOS (at back IO) 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s) ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution : 2 x USB 3.0 - ASUS Fan Xpert 8 x USB 2.0 (white port can ASUS EZ DIY : be switched to ROG Connect) - ASUS Q-Shield 1 x Optical S/PDIF out - ASUS O.C. Profile 6 x Audio jack(s) - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 1 x Clear CMOS button(s) - ASUS EZ Flash 2 Internal I/O Connectors 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB - ASUS MyLogo 2 3.0 port(s) 2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) ASUS Q-Design : support(s) additional 4 USB - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, 2.0 port(s) VGA, Boot Device LED) 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s) - ASUS Q-Slot 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s) - ASUS Q-DIMM 2 x CPU Fan connector(s) - ASUS Q-Connector)Overclocking Features ROG Connect 3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) Extreme Engine Digi+ : - 8 -phase CPU power design 1 x S/PDIF out header(s) + 4 -phase iGPU power design 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s) - 2 -phase Memory power design 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s) 20
  • September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 1 x Front panel audio * Kaspersky® Anti-Virus 1- connector(s) (AAFP) year license Form Factor uATX Form Factor 1 x System panel(s) 9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm ) 6 x ProbeIt Measurement As you can obviously see the laundry list of features is longer Points than that of most full sized ATX boards. For a sub $200 motheboard, this has to be one of the most feature packed 1 x Power-on button(s) and value for money product in the market. Of course this only applies if you are on the Intel side of things, as AMD 1 x Reset button(s) motherboards generally run cheaper. 1 x ROG Connect switch(es) Sony introduces new VAIO S 1 x Go Button(s) series notebook with larger 1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s) displayAccessories Users manual Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-introduces-new-vaio-s-series- I/O Shield notebook-with-larger-display/13541.html September 14th, 2011 2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s) 1 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s) 1 x SLI bridge(s) 1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1) With the success of their VAIO S series laptops, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific has announed their new line-up for 1 x ROG Connect cable(s) the series with slimmer form factor, higher performance and a larger display. According to the manufacturer, the new VAIO 1 x Cable ties pack(s) S will be available this month. 1 x ROG theme label(s) 1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)BIOS 64Mb Flash ROM, EFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOSManageability WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXESupport Disc Support DVD: - Drivers and applications * ASUS AI Suite II Sony has announced a new slim, power-packed 15.5-inch notebook to their VAIO S Series. The new model incorporate * ROG CPU-Z Intel Core i7 processor and AMD Radeon HD 6630M GPU with 1GB VRAM and claims to offer superb performance for * ROG GameFirst Utility both work and play. It features a Performance Switch that supports Dynamic Hybrid Graphic System which allows users * Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 to choose between "Speed" and "Stamina" mode for fastest Utility performance or longer battery life respectively. The VAIO S Series 15.5-inch offers approximately five hours of battery life * ROG Mem TweakIt Utility and with an optional Sheet Battery, that can double to 10 hours. * ASUS AI Charger+ The VAIO S has a 15.5-inch wide screen of 1920x1080 full * DAEMON Tools Pro high definition VAIO Display Plus with anti-reflective glossy Standard finish, weighs 1.96kg, and comes with aluminium palm rest 21
  • September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneand magnesium body. It also has backlit keyboard, whichmakes it easier to type in dim lit rooms. The new line-up ofVAIO S Series notebooks will be available in Singapore fromSeptember 2011. Pricing details to be announced closer tolaunch date.AMD FX-Series prices revealed- listed for pre-orderSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-fx-series-prices-revealed--listed-for-pre-order/13540.htmlSeptember 14th, 2011 If you are the owner of the stylish Apple iPod Nano, you would probably want this cool watch kit to make the portable mediaThe first AMD FX CPUs have shown up for pre-order at player into a watch. Launched at the recent COMEX ShowShopblt.com. The three SKUs listed are FX-8150, FX-8120 and in Singapore, and carried by Tat Chuan Acoustic Pte Ltd inFX-6100 priced at $266, $222 and $189 respectively. The good Singapore, the LunaTik is a premium conversion kit designednews is that the pricing is lower than expected - previously for those want to convert their iPod Nano as a wristwatch. Therumoured to be in the $300 to $320 range for the top CPU. The product comes with a tool kit that lets you screw in the nanobad news is that such pricing suggests the FX-8150 is unlikely into the wristband. The LunaTik case is forged from aircraft-to beat Core i7 2600 in many situations. grade aluminium with great durability and the straps are madeThe first AMD FX CPUs have shown up for pre-order at from compression moulded high-grade silicone rubber withShopblt.com. The three SKUs listed are FX-8150, FX-8120 and anti-dust coating while the hardware is made from stainlessFX-6100 priced at $266, $222 and $189 respectively. The good steel. Available in silver, black and red, the LunaTik is retailingnews is that the pricing is lower than expected - previously at S$129 (with GST).rumoured to be in the $300 to $320 range for the top CPU. Thebad news is that such pricing suggests the FX-8150 is unlikelyto beat Core i7 2600 in many situations.As always, pre-order prices are normally higher than launchprices. Hence, we can expect the FX CPUs to sell for evenlesser.The three CPUs are much the same as revealed by Gigabyteearlier. FX-6100 and FX-8150 have a TDP of 95W and 125Wrespectively. However, FX-8120 has a TDP of 125W at launch,while a future revision will drop the TDP of FX-8120 down to95W. Theres no indication of shipping dates as of now.LunaTik lets you wear youriPod Nano on your wristSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lunatik-lets-you-wear-your-ipod-nano-on-your-wrist/13539.html The other model, which is called TikTok, has a simpleSeptember 14th, 2011 snap-in design that allows the user to quickly and securely snap the iPod Nano in and out of the wrist dock. It integrates the media player and transforms it into a modern multi-function timepiece. TikTok is designed for those who want to easily transition from clip mode to watch mode. Moulded from reinforced PC/ABS, the straps are made from compression moulded high-grade silicone rubber with anti-With LunaTiks creative watch-kit, you can transform your dust coating and the hardware is stainless steel. The TikTokApple iPod Nano into the worlds coolest multi-touch wrist is available in black or white at S$69 (with GST).watch. Distributed by Tat Chuan Acoustic in Singapore, twomodels of LunaTik are available now - TikTok and LunaTik. 22
  • September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMicrosoft Comfort Mouse 6000Review: Affordable mousethat can track on almost allsurfacesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-comfort-mouse-6000-review-affordable-mouse-that-can-track-on-almost-all-surfaces/13054.htmlSeptember 14th, 2011Microsoft has recently released a new mouse, the ComfortMouse 6000, which features the software giants Bluetracksensor that can track on almost any surface. So how good is theComfort Mouse 6000? Find out in the next pages.Specification:- Right-handed control- BlueTrack Technology- Five customizable buttons- Detent scroll wheelFirst look:Out of the box, the Microsoft Comfort Mouse 6000 looks likethe Razer DeathAdder (except without the Razer logo) but infact iti s actually designed after its Intellimouse Explorer 3.0older sibling. The mouse features a smooth black plastic bodywith rubberized side grips and comes with five customizablebuttons - left, right, two on the side and the scroll wheel. Itfeels very lightweight as though it is hollow. 23
  • September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The Comfort Mouse 6000 has two well-positioned side buttons which you can use to go back and forward through webpages and document with ease. Sharp launches AQUOS SH8298U glasses-free 3D smartphone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sharp-launches-aquos-sh8298u- glasses-free-3d-smartphone/13538.html September 14th, 2011Inside the box, we also find a start guide, a product guide and Sharp has announced their new AQUOS SH8298U glasses-technical specifications. free 3D smartphone which looks to compete with the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D. The AQUOS SH8298U will soon retail in Japan though there is no word as to whether it will be available in other parts of the world. 24
  • September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone It started from Cupcake (1.5) and then Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0/2.1), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Honeycomb (3.0)Sharp has recently launched a press conference to announce to the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich. And yes, these are thetheir new Android smartphones, and all eyes were on the codenames of the popular Google Android operating systemAQUOS SH8298U which not only features glasses-free 3D and it looks like the next version could well be called "Jellytechnology, but it also has two rear built-in 8-megapixle Bean". According to a reliable source from ThisIsMyNext, thatcameras to capture images and videos in 3D. The AQUOS would be the name of the next version and that it could beSH8298U sports a 4.2-inch qHD touchscreen display and available to both smartphone and tablet. However, Google hasincorporates 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, 512MB yet to finalize the naming convention, although the choice withRAM, 2GB storage and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. the letter "J" is limited and that Jellybean is most likely to beAccording to sources, the Sharp AQUOS SH8298U would be selected.available in red or white and retail at approximately US$705.It should be arriving in Japan soon, though theres no word as Meantime, the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich claims to offerto whether it will be available in other countries. some "game-changing" features, though we would have to wait till it is available to know, which could be fairly soon. And by them, Microsoft may have also launched their Windows PhoneCould the next version after "Mango" and Apple, their iOS 5.Android Ice Cream Sandwichbe Jellybean? Thermaltake Challenger ProSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/could-the-next-version-after-android- Gaming Keyboard & Blackice-cream-sandwich-be-jellybean-/13537.htmlSeptember 14th, 2011 Gaming Mouse review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/thermaltake-challenger-pro-gaming- keyboard--black-gaming-mouse-review/13536.html September 14th, 2011Google is known for using sweet treats as codenames for thevarious versions of theiir popular Android mobile operatingsystem. And while many of us are anticipating the upcoming"Ice Cream Sandwich" which claims to offer the best of Tt eSPORTS is a relatively newly found subsidiary company ofHoneycomb, the Android tablet OS, and make them useable Thermaltake, aiming to develop, manufacture and ultimatelyon smartphones, it seems that the search engine giant has provide gamers with high quality gaming peripherals. Thealready started work on their new version which could be company currently has a long list of high performancecalled "Jellybean". keyboards, mice, headsets and other parts. Today we are having a close look on two of their more popular products, the Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard and the Black Gaming Mouse. Tt eSPORTS is a relatively newly found subsidiary company of Thermaltake, aiming to develop, manufacture and ultimately provide gamers with high quality gaming peripherals. The company currently has a long list of high performance 25
  • September 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonekeyboards, mice, headsets and other parts. Today we are • Body Dimension: 120mm (length) x 70mm (width) xhaving a close look on two of their more popular products, 40mm (height).the Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard and the Black GamingMouse.Manufacturer features and specificationsChallenger Pro Gaming keyboard • Red illumination back light • 2 x USB 2.0 ports • User Interface • Macro Keys • Multimedia Keys • 64KB On Board Memory • On Board Profile Switch • Backlight switch • Fan Device • Windows Dummy Keycaps • 8 additional removable keycaps • Tt. Breakaway Gold-Plated USB Connection Cable(2 Meters in Length) • Tt eSPORTS Dragon-Red key backlighting • 6 Easy Access Multimedia Keys • 10 Customizable Macro Keys • 10 Million Keystroke Lifespan • Body dimensions (LxWxH): 505x 195x 27mm • 6,000 RPM Tt. Breeze Hand Cooling Fan (Life Expectancy of 50,000 hours)Black Gaming mouse • Model: BLACK Gaming Mouse (MO-BLK002DT) • Dominating Gaming Laser Sensor 4000 DPI Engine (400/800/2000/4000 DPI Adjustable), with Visual Indicator. • Ideal for FPS or MMORPG Game Genres, equipped with Philips 4000 Laser Engine for Optimal Precision & Accuracy. • 1.8 meters Braided USB Cable with Gold-Plated Connector. • Teflon Material Feet as Extra Layer of Durability and High Degree of Mouse Handling. • Superb Customizable Graphical UI for Macro Keys, Advanced Performance, and Lighting-Effect Options. • Industrial Grade Rubber-Coating Finish for better Hand Grip. • On-Board 64kb Memory Storage for 18 Macro Keys in 3 Game Profiles. • Weight-In Design for Perfect Handling Mouse Movement: (5 x 4.5g, up to 22.5g max) 26
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.Nikon to launch a newmirrorless standard thisweek?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-to-launch-a-new-mirrorless-standard-this-week-/13591.htmlSeptember 19th, 2011 Internally we should expect to see Nikon’s Expeed 3 processor capable of processing 600 Megapixels per second. Both models are said to shoot video at 1080i60, 1080p30, 720p60,Several rumours are suggesting that Nikon is about to unveil as well as 640x240 at 400fps and 320x120 at a crazy 1200fps.its first mirrorless cameras on Wednesday, although so far we Around the back we have a 3in LCD screen with unknowndon’t have a complete picture of what to expect. What is clear resolution and the V1 will also sport an EVF (Electronic Viewis that the expected two new camera bodies not will feature an Finder). Neither model will support Nikon’s standard FlashAPS-C size sensor, instead we can expect something that ends hotshoe, but the V1 is said to have some kind of accessory port,up somewhere between compact digital cameras and the 4/3 whereas the J1 will feature a built in flash.format. Four new lenses are said to launch alongside the new cameras system, a 10mm f/2.8 pancake lens, a 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens, a 10-110mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens and a 30-110mm VR lens.Several rumours are suggesting that Nikon is about to unveil There will also be an adapter for Nikon’s F-mount lenses.its first mirrorless cameras on Wednesday, although so far wedon’t have a complete picture of what to expect. What is clear Both models are said to come in several colour options, withis that the expected two new camera bodies not will feature an the V1 being available in black or white and the J1 in red,APS-C size sensor, instead we can expect something that ends pink, silver, black and white. We shouldn’t have to wait longup somewhere between compact digital cameras and the 4/3 to see how this plays out, but it’s getting a little bit annoyingformat. with all these new lens mount systems, as they’re anything but interchangeable. In as much as the m4/3 standard hasThe first two cameras in what is likely to be called the Nikon CX its flaws, it’s at least a standard supported by more than oneline of cameras should simply be called the V1 and J1. The new company and we’d really like to see the camera manufacturerscameras are rumoured to have a crop factor of 2.6x compared work towards more common standards, especially consideringto the 4/3 formats 2x crop factor. Nikon hasn’t gone crazy the cost of lenses which is the only investment that’ll last youwith the Megapixel count either, as the new cameras get to through several camera bodies.make do with 10.1 Megapixels, which is probably a good thingconsidering the relatively small sensor. What isn’t clear is ifwe’ll see a CCD or CMOS sensor, so that’s something we’re Gears of War 3 Singaporegoing to have to wait and find out about. Launch Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gears-of-war-3-singapore- launch/13590.html September 19th, 2011 1
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGood news for fans of the Xbox 360 Gears of War series. This The fans turned up in full-swing, and it was even moreevening, at Funan DigitaLife Mall in Singapore, marked the amazing to see the number of people who didn’t pre-order thelaunch of the highly anticipated third-person shooter game, game lining up to get it” said Ben Tan, general manager ofwhich is also the last of the trilogy. So, have you ordered your Microsoft’s retail sales and marketing division, Asia Pacific,copy? presenting the Epic Edition box to Ten. A look at the Gears of War 3 babes:-At the Funan DigitaLife Mall in Singapore, over 1,000fans stood in line at the main atrium for the highly anticipatedXbox 360 game, Gears of War 3. Apparently, the queue beganto form on 3pm Sunday, 18 September with hardcore fans Canon PowerShot SX150 ISwaiting to be the first to get their hands on the game, whichofficially launched at 8pm today. On top of that, fans also selling for $369 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-powershot-sx150-is-selling-get a first-look at the game, hands-on gameplay and on-stage for-369/13589.htmlactivities including a special appearance by Marcus Fenix. September 19th, 2011Heres a video of the countdown of the Gears of War 3 launch:- Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, Canons latest addition to the family of long-zoom PowerShot cameras. The 14.1 megapixel PowerShot SX150 IS is an affordable all-rounder camera that delivers high zoom shooting with 12x optical zoom capabilities, HD movie recording and offers you creative freedom with Full Manual controls. The SX150 IS is priced at $369, and is currently available for retail.22-year old William Ten was the first person in Singapore toreceive the Gears of War 3 Epic Edition from Marcus Fenixand Microsoft representatives. Ten also get the survivor kit, anautographed poster and a “Gears of War 3” hoodie, worth closeto S$200. An additional 50 fans who were amongst the firstin queue also walked away with an autographed poster and a“Gears of War 3” hoodie."While Gears of War 3 was one of the most anticipated gamesof the year, the turnout today far surpassed all expectations. 2
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone September 19th, 2011 Another Optimus smartphone has emerged from Korean manufacturer LG, and this time it is the Optimus Q2. The Optimus Q2 is based on Googles Android operating system and features Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor and has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, Canons latest addition to thefamily of long-zoom PowerShot cameras. The 14.1 megapixelPowerShot SX150 IS is an affordable all-rounder camera thatdelivers high zoom shooting with 12x optical zoom capabilities,HD movie recording and offers you creative freedom with FullManual controls. Today, LG has unveiled their latest Optimus Q2 high-end • 12x optical zoom Android smartphone with a slide-out keyboard. The new • 14.1 megapixels member in their LG Optimus line of smartphones features 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor and 4-inch IPS • Intelligent IS touchscreen display. The 4-inch IPS screen boasts 700 nits brightness which offers a clear view even under sunlight.The SX150 IS is priced at $369, and is currently available for The smartphone also incorporates a 5-megapixel rear andretail. More information here. VGA front cameras, Wi-Fi Direct capabilities that allow Wi-Fi devices to talk to each other without the need for access points.LG unveils Optimus Q2 The LG Optimus Q2 is reported to launch soon in USA and carried by Sprint.Android phone with QWERTYkeyboardSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-unveils-optimus-q2-android-phone-with-qwerty-keyboard/13588.html 3
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone on sale in the US on the AT&T network last week on 14th September, and the company said that the Xperia PLAY will launch in Japan with NTT DOCOMO in Autumn 2011. Canon Singapore launches PowerShot SX150 IS compact camera Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-singapore-launches-powershot- sx150-is-compact-camera/13586.html September 19th, 2011Lode Runner X to be exclusiveon Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY,and other Xperia devices Canon Singapore has announced the new PowerShot SX150Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lode-runner-x-to-be-exclusive-on-sony- IS compact digital camera that features one-touch highericsson-xperia-play-and-other-xperia-devices/13587.html definition (HD) movie button and long-zoom capabilities at anSeptember 19th, 2011 affordable price. The PowerShot SX150 IS is available now at all Canon authorized dealers.Owners of Sony Ericsson Xperia range of Android phoneswould be pleased to know that the Lode Runner X game fromTozai Games will be exclusive on the smartphones. The LodeRunner X game is scheduled to be available from Novemberthis year. Canon Singapore has unveiled the PowerShot SX150 IS compact camera which claims to offer 14.1-megapixel sensor, 12x optical zoom (28-336mm), and has a dedicated Movie Button to record 720p high definition (HD) movies. With a powerful 12x zoom, 28mm wide-angle lens, it lets users shoot landscapes, building and people easily. The digital cameraLode Runner is a popular 1983 platform game which was first also incorporates electronic wind filter that can suppress windpublished by Brøderbund. It is one of the first early games noise that muffles or distorts sound, and built-in Intelligent ISto be released with a level editor which supports keyboard (Image Stabilizer) for minimized camera shake.and joystick controls. (Tozai Games and Lode Runner are The Powershot SX150 IS comes with 32-Smart Auto Scenetrademarks of Tozai, Inc. registered or protected in the US and detection options including sunset, clear skies, and backlitother countries). that provide optimized camera settings for best results.Sony Ericsson has announced their collaboration with Tozai Photographers can also enhance their images using the eightGames to bring the critically acclaimed console hit and gaming in-camera Creative Filters to add effect to the original images -franchise “Lode Runner” to Android devices, for the first time, Toy Camera, Monochrome, Miniature, Fish-eye, Super Vivid,and helps to build the Xperia PLAYs list of over 150 optimized Poster, Color Swap and Color Accent. There is also the newtitles. The Lode Runner X will be available from November Photo Book function that allows users to pre-select their2011 and exclusive on the Xperia PLAY and other Xperia favorite shots in-camera to facilitate the easy creation of photodevices. The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY has recently gone books. The new Canon PowerShot SX150 IS also operates 4
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneon AA batteries for added convenience and comes with the updated graphics and multimedia processing hardware in theoptional high power flash HF-DC2 slim and portable slave upcoming Ivy Bridge series of processors, expected to hit theflash with enhanced sync performance and a wider flash shelves about half a year from now.coverage of up to 24mm (with attached wide panel). It wasnt the fact that the new chip will have graphics farThe Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is now available at all faster - some expect at least double, and much more in someauthorized Canon retail stores at the recommended retail operations - than the Sandy Bridge, or the full DirectX 11selling price of S$369. Pricing and availability of the optional and DirectCompute capability, with an OpenCL port to follow.high power flash HF-DC2 will be confirmed at a later date. Neither was it the much tighter connection to the L3 cache for more usability in graphics tasks.LG to introduce Street FighterIV on upcoming high definitionsmartphonesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-to-introduce-street-fighter-iv-on-upcoming-high-definition-smartphones/13585.htmlSeptember 19th, 2011LG Korea has announced that it has entered into an exclusivedeal with Japanese game developer Capcom to introducetheir popular Street Fighter IV game on their high definitionAndroid smartphone. Details inside. Its the vastly improved display capability, and associated ultra high resolution video processing, of the new chip - in fact, so high it stands on an equal footing with the fastest high end discrete GPUs in this particular measurement: the 4K display resolution. Take a look at their Multi Format Codec or MFX engine, capable of playing multiple 4K videos at the same time, even a wall of them, as Intel says.Today, LG Korea announced that it has entered into anexclusive deal with Japanese game developer Capcom thatgives LG the exclusive rights to their popular Street Fighter IVgame on their first high definition (HD) Android smartphonefor three months after its launch. Debuted in 1987, theStreet Fighter series is found on millions of game consolesand in arcades all over the word, though it has not beenoffered on the Android platform yet. Street Fighter IV willmake its Android smartphone debut on LG’s global apps site(www.lgworld.com) in the fourth quarter this year.Post-IDF bites: Ivy Bridge GPUto support 4Kx4K displays!Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/post-idf-bites-ivy-bridge-gpu-to- Not only can the MFX engine display up to 4096 x 4096 pixelssupport-4kx4k-displays-/13584.html on a single monitor, but it can also handle video processingSeptember 19th, 2011 for 4K QuadHD video as well. Remember when, two years ago,With all the hustle and bustle of IDF, one piece of news, gently Jen Hsun Huang at Nvidia for the first time encouraged 4Kunveiled in one of side technical sessions at the conference, resolution - at that time 3840x2400 or as he called it XHD2,mostly passed unnoticed. It was a particular detail about the for ultra realistic gaming too, to use the extra pixels to justify 5
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe high end card need? Now, what a fate, Intel is making it real • Dual 12cm viper yellow fanson the - integrated graphics platform, of all. Now, can we haveback those 16:10 3840x2400 or, better, 4096x2560 monitors? Socket type Intel LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366 & LGA2011 AMD Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3 & FM1 Cooler dimensions 131 (W) x 129.5 (D) x 163.5 (H) mm Heatsink material High grade aluminium fins, copper heatpipes Weight 1065g Installation Screws and backplate (Intel & AMD) Fan dimension 120 x 120 x 25mm Fan speed 600-1900 RPM (PWM controlled) Max airflow 83.63 CFM Max air pressure 2.98 mm H2O Noise level 6.9 - 28.9 dB(A) Voltage rating 12V DC Bearing type HDB (Hydro Dynamic)Akasa Venom Voodoo CPU Fan life expectancy 50,000 hoursCooler Review Fan connector 4pin PWMSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/akasa-venom-voodoo-cpu-cooler- Product code AK-CC4008HP01review/13583.htmlSeptember 19th, 2011 Logitech G9x Gaming Mouse Review: With interchangeable grips and weight-tuning Adept PC users are rarely satisfied with the factory optionsbundled CPU cooler, being it because of the performance, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-g9x-gaming-mouse-review-noise and/or aesthetics, creating a great demand for good with-interchangeable-grips-and-weight-tuning-options/13233.htmlaftermarket cooling solutions. Out of the many products September 19th, 2011currently available, today we are having a close look at thelatest offering from Akasa, the Venom Voodoo CPU cooler,which is boasting exceptional performance and socket LGA2011 support.Adept PC users are rarely satisfied with the factory bundled Logitech, one of worlds largest manufacturers of computerCPU cooler, being it because of the performance, noise and/ peripherals from mice to multimedia speakers, is knownor aesthetics, creating a great demand for good aftermarket for their line of "G-series" gaming peripherals. What wecooling solutions. Out of the many products currently have today is the not-so-new Logitech G9x which featuresavailable, today we are having a close look at the latest offering interchangeable grips, weight-tuning options and more. Letsfrom Akasa, the Venom Voodoo CPU cooler, which is boasting go into the details.exceptional performance and socket LGA 2011 support. Introduction: The gaming market is booming, and it is no wonderManufacturer features and specifications peripherals makers like Logitech is coming up with more gaming products for the hardcore gamers. Their G series mice • Performance 12cm PWM fan in killer Viper yellow are widely received and this year, the company has given their • 6 high capacity heatpipes with direct CPU contact G9 an upgraded sensor and called it the G9x. The G9x claims to have sensitity of up to 5700 dots per inch (DPI). The • Award winning S-FLOW fan blades provide 30% more Logitech G9x comes packed in fancy green and orange box airflow with a large transparent area that displays the mouse and 6
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonefor users to get a feel of how the mouse feels like. Openingthe flap revealed an additional grip and an explanation of thedifference and main features of the mouse. Features and Specification : Interchangeable grip Next-generation gaming laser Onboard memory Weight-tuning system Custom-colour LEDs On-the-fly adjustable DPI Resolution 200-5700 DPI Image processing 12 Megapixels/second Maximum acceleration 30G Maximum speed Up to 165 inches (4.19m)/ second Polling rate 1000 Hz Dynamic coefficient of 0.09 friction Static coefficient of friction 0.14 Tuning weight Up to 28 grams Button durability (Left/Right) 8 Million clicks Mousefeet durability 250 Kilometres Inside the packaging, there is a small tin box and an envelope containing a users guide, a Logitech Setpoint disc, a quick guide, a USB usage and Logitech contact leaflets. 7
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU Memory Type DDR3 GDDR5Silent Review Memory 1GBSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-engts450-directcu-silent- Sizereview/13157.html The full specifications of the ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU SilentSeptember 19th, 2011 are as follows:Nearly all modern GPUs are designed for use with active Graphics Engine NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450cooling systems, in order to allow for desirable levels of Bus Standard PCI Express 2.0performance within a reasonable form factor. To take a GPU Video Memory GDDR3 1GBintended for active cooling and cool it passively would entail acompromise in performance, size, or both. Engine Clock 594 MHz Shader Clock 1189 MHzThe passive graphics card were looking at today is ASUS Memory Clock 1.6 GHz ( 800 MHz GDDR3 )ENGTS450 DirectCU Silent. While the GeForce GTS 450 isby no means the fastest GPU around, its relatively low TDP Memory Interface 128-bitof 106W (for NVIDIAs reference design) makes it a good Interface D-Sub Output : Yes x 1candidate for passive cooling. DVI Output : Yes x 1 (DVI-I) HDMI Output : Yes x 1 Software ASUS Utilities & Driver / AIWI software ASUS Features DirectCU Silent Series Dimensions 5.936 " x 4.375 " Inch Note This card doesnt need extra power supply, its the best choice for user to upgrade Qualcomm reveals future plans, we give you the details Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/qualcomm-reveals-future-plans-we- give-you-the-details/13581.html September 19th, 2011In the case of the ENGTS450 DirectCU Silent, ASUS has Earlier this week Qualcomm hosted its Innovation Qualcommdecided to sacrifice performance instead of size. The core event in Istanbul where the company unveiled details of someclock on this card is ~25% slower than NVIDIAs reference of its upcoming products, including a 2.5GHz next generationspeed. ASUS has also opted to use DDR3 memory, which has Snapdragon SoC. However, a lot of details were left out, butlower power consumption but also much lower bandwidth VR-Zone is here to help fill in the blanks as to what to expectthan GDDR5 memory. from Qualcomm over the next couple of years.In terms of performance, the reference GTS 450 sits roughlyin between AMDs HD 5770 and HD 5750 (now renamed the From the event we know that Qualcomm is getting ready toHD 6770 and HD 6750 respectively). launch a 28nm SoC with clock speeds of up to 2.5GHz in ASUS NVIDIA Gainward single, dual and quad core versions, all with next gen Adreno ENGTS 450 GeForce GeForce dual or quad core graphics. However, the company didnt say DirectCU GTS 450 GTS 450 GS much more and some publications made the assumption that Silent GLH Qualcomm would have a quad core solution for phones out byCore Clock 594MHz 783MHz 930MHz early next year. Well, sadly this isnt the case for those of you that are longing to get your hands on a quad core phone, butShader 1188MHz 1566MHz 1860MHz lets not get ahead of ourselves, instead, lets start from the top.ClockMemory 800MHz 902MHz 1000MHz The current series of Snapdragon SoCs from Qualcomm areClock (1600MHz) (3608MHz) (2000MHz) known as the S3 class, also known as Scorpion and here were(effective) talking about chips like the current MSM8660 and MSM8260 as well as the APQ8060 which lacks baseband support. TheseMemory Bus 128-bit 8
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSoCs can be found in a wide range of devices from HPs now where theres room for additional chips that will handle thedefunct TouchPad to HTCs Sensation and EVO 3D. Theyre connectivity. The APQ8064 is similar to the MSM8960, as itsall 45nm dual core parts with Adreno 220 graphics and a core a 1.5 to 1.7GHz SoC, although with a pair of additional coresclock speed of between 1.2 and 1.5GHz. and 2MB L2 cache. It features Adreno 320 graphics, but it also offers SATA and PCI Express connectivity, something the MSM chips lack. Things brings us to the 2.5GHz monster, well, it might in fact be even faster as its not expected to arrive until the second half of 2013. The model in question is the APQ8094 and itll support either 800MHz dual channel LPDDR3 memory, or dual channel 1333MHz PCDDR4 memory, or in other words, standard desktop DDR4 memory. Apparently by then, desktop memory will be so low power that it will be just as good to use in a tablet as low power mobile memory. Here were looking at an Adreno 420 GPU which is said to be capable of 400 million triangles per second. Beyond that we dont have too many details about this upcoming chip, but itll offer SATA connectivity just like its predecessor and apparently itll do 3D video at 60fps in 1080p.The next generation of Snapdragon chips will be the S4 class, Well be following up this article with a closer look atas Qualcomm are keeping things simple when it comes to its Qualcomms more affordable options next week, although asnaming schemes, although these chips are more commonly always when were diving into roadmaps, things are likelyknown as Krait. The first new Krait SoCs to arrive is the going to change before most of these products arrive and weveMSM8260A, MSM8660A and the MSM8960, all of which are already seen that some of the models covered here have had28nm dual core parts with a clock speed of 1.5 or 1.7GHz and their specs changed from earlier roadmaps. That said, it looks1MB of L2 cache. All three models sports support for dual like Qualcomm has some interesting products coming over thechannel 500MHz LPDDR2, faster Adreno 225 graphics said to next couple of years, but the real question is, is it going tobe good for 125 million triangles per second. The MSM8960 be good enough, as the company is getting more and moreshould also come in a version with a faster Adreno 330 GPU competitors and none of them are resting on their laurels.capable of some 200 million triangles. Image courtesy of Pocket-LintThe main difference between the MSM8260A andMSM8660A is that the 8260A supports dual-cell HSPA+ andTD-SCDMA, whereas the 8660A supports HSPA+ and various IDF Day 3: Multi Core, ManyEV-DO standards mostly used in the US. The MSM8690sports LET in addition to the connectivity options on the Core and Many More Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/idf-day-3-multi-core-many-core-and-other two models and will be available with either CDMA or many-more/13580.htmlUMTS in addition to LTE. All three models should enter mass September 19th, 2011production next quarter, although devices based on these dualcore SoCs arent expected until the second quarter of nextyear.As far as phones are concerned, this is as much as we get forall of 2012, but in early 2013 Qualcomm is expecting to launchits first quad core phone SoC, the MSM8974. This isnt the More apps coming, according to Intels Justin Rattner. Look2.5GHz chip the company has been talking about, but instead at China Mobile LTE 4G base station in a multi-core PC, anda slightly slower 2GHz part with 2MB L2 cache. It will support Pentium-class mini PC running off a small solar celldual channel 800MHz LPDDR3 memory and comes with a The last day of every IDF is usually reserved for a morefaster Adreno 330 GPU core which is capable of 200 million relaxed future looking keynote, delivered as usual by Intelstriangles per second. It will support the latest LTE and CD- CTO Justin Rattner - a happy research bloke whose cheerfulHSPA+ MIMO standards and itll be Qualcomms first phone disposition, enormous breadth of knowledge, and oh so slightSoC to sport USB 3.0 connectivity. Some of the more crazy facial similarity to the actor doing the Senator Palpatine rolefeatures Qualcomm is planning to add is 4K x 2K video at in early Star Wars movies, gives him regular following at IDF.24fps, 1080p video at 120fps or 1080p 3D video at 60fps.If youre still waiting for the 2.5GHz part, then please bearwith us a little bit longer, as well get there in just asecond. Qualcomms first quad core SoC will be the APQ8064and as you may or may not know, the APQ models dontfeature any built in baseband technology. As such, the APQchips tend to be used in many devices that dont requireinternet connectivity, or more commonly as of lately, in tablets 9
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Finally, they are pushing the generic multi-core PC CPU infrastructure into almost any app - here you see the joint effort with China Mobile to program the complete LTE 4G mobile base station software stack into a standard 4-core Sandy Bridge PC, using the SSE and AVX extensions as a kind of DSP feature, and reducing the cost of LTE deployment substantially. On the other side of the story, Intel was also rapidly updating their Sandy Bridge GPU drivers to extract maximumHe covered quite a lot on the multi-core evolution at Intel performance, and they recommend the users downloadingever since the 2005 Core 2 Duo CPU. Interestingly, he omitted the freshest version with substantial performance increases.those infamous Netburst generation dual die Pentium 4- Same applies to the OpenGL professional application 3-generation Presler processors in 2004, which at least had some D for apps like Pro/E or CATIA being certified for thelovely clock frequency records for a while and yes, were seen Xeon version of Sandy Bridge, the E3-1275, providingas dual core CPUs from the system point of view. The multi- inexpensive competition to Nvidia and ATI cards in thecore general purpose desktop, mobile and server CPUs were OpenGL workstation space, where often just lots of polygonscovered, as well as the many-core MIC add-on card approach and simple texturing, but with guaranteed error free display,for supercomputing, where the stated goal is to bring the MIC wins over fancy effects of the 3-D gaming world.many core approach from the HPC niche to the mainstream.Note that AMD and Nvidia already do that in the mainstream- partially only, due to incompatible underlying instruction set Overall, a good event with lots of new things, but theand need for programming in OpenCL or CUDA, rather than next major launches - the Sandy Bridge E & EP high-endin-line X86 - with their GPUs for a while already. processors, followed by Ivy Bridge, will be the focus over the next two quarters. Intel seems happy with their clear long term performance advantage in the mainstream and high end, and seems to devote quite a bit of their focus now to the emerging phone and tablet markets, and attempting an aggressive X86- based entry there. Canon unveils PowerShot S100 and PowerShot SX40 HS with new DIGIC 5 image processor Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-unveils-powershot-s100-and- powershot-sx40-hs-with-new-digic-5-image-processor/13579.htmlOn the other end of the spectrum, their Extreme Computing September 19th, 2011team, going beyond all this, showed experiments like very lowvoltage threshold transistor usage to create a Pentium-class(yes, the old P55 MMX Pentium from year 1998 or so, withmatching 13 year old mainboard) processor that takes only 10mW (miliwatts!) and runs of a single credit card sized solarcell. The thing ran Windows XP with moving dancing kittenJPG, but could go up in clock by 10X too, if allowed for the Canon has recently announced two new members in theirvoltage to reach the normal level. This all, however, would popular PowerShot series of digital cameras - the PowerShotneed new system infra running at such low voltages too. S100 and SX40. Both cameras incorporate the latest DIGIC 5 image processor that provides enhanced resolution and fast shooting speeds to photographer enthusiasts. 10
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCanon has announced the feature-packed PowerShot S100 The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is the camera you need toand PowerShot SX40 HS, which comes equipped with the ensure high quality images, be it shooting at a football gamenew DIGIC 5 image processor for superb performance and or at the local zoo.shooting speed. Both cameras also feature HS SYSTEM, Full Some features of the include:HD video capture, High-speed Burst HQ and Intelligent IS forclearer smoother images. - 35x optical zoom range (24mm-840mm) with image stabilizer and a 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor; theThe Canon PowerShot S100, successor to the hugely received camera can capture low-light images of enhanced imagePowerShot S95, has improved features such as 4-120mm wide quality up to ISO 3200.angle lens with 5x optical zoom, GPS functionality and is - 2.7-inch wide vari-angle LCD for easy viewing of images andcapable of achieving improved low-light performance of up menus from almost any angle.to ISO 6400, and comes with a 12.1-megapixel CMOS imagesensor. - Improved Smart AUTO settings to ensure the settings areAvailable in either black or silver, the estimated selling price intelligently selected based upon the cameras 32 predefinedof the Canon PowerShot S100 is US$429.99 and is scheduled shooting situations.to be available in early November. - Zoom Framing Assist button helps the user steady the cameraSome features of this camera:- when tracking a moving subject at extreme telephoto settings- 3-inch wide LCD screen for easy viewing of images and menu keeping it in focus.options. The estimated selling price of the PowerShot SX40 HS Digital- GPS capabilities where satellites collect data of the latitude, camera is US$429.99 and is scheduled to be available in latelongitude and altitude of an images location, which is then September.stored to the images EXIF data. Map utility software isincluded with the camera to view the locations where imageswere captured.- A full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU+ JPEG and a control ring on the front of the camera for quick,manual adjustment of key functions such as ISO, zoom and Cooler Review - Dual 140mmfocus. of Air Cooling Greatness Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/thermalright-silver-arrow-cpu-cooler-- compatibility with the HF-DC2 High-Power Flash, which review--dual-140mm-of-air-cooling-greatness/10000.htmlis an optional flash accessory that operates wirelessly and September 19th, 2011increases the effective flash range up to approximately 9metres. We at VR-Zone test many combinations of motherboards and CPU platforms throughout the year, often demanding quick assembly/disassembly of heatsinks and decent air cooling performance in order to maximize overclocks in the shortest possible time. One CPU cooler (among many on our shelves) that we prefer to use in particular, is the Thermalright Silver Arrow. 11
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIntroductionQuick run through of the greatest hits from Thermalright- SK-6, SLK-900, SP-94/97, Ultra-90, Ultra-120 Extreme,Venomous X, AXP-140, HR02, Archon (review coming soon). Measuring 147mm x 122.6mm x 162mm (L x B x H), the Silver Arrow takes up a huge amount of real estate. Google Nexus Prime with dual- core processor to launch end October? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-nexus-prime-with-dual-core- processor-to-launch-end-october-/13578.html September 19th, 2011 It was Nexus One, followed by the Nexus S, and it looks like the next official Google phone could come in the form of Google Nexus Prime. If online sources are right, we may see the new Google Nexus Prime smartphone to launch end October or early November.Unpacking the contents of the box, we have: • the Silver Arrow heatsink, • two TY-140 fans, • a few installation leaflets, and • a sealed accessories pack which includes the mounting kit and fan clips. According to TheDroidGuy, the upcoming Google Nexus Prime smartphone which is manufactured by Samsung, would be first carried by U.S telco operator Verizon in late October or early November, and then to other carriers. At a recent Verizon Developer’s conference in Las Vegas, a Samsung executive showcased the Nexus Prime, though he forbid attendees to have a closer look at the Android smartphone, nor allow others to take picture of it. According to sources, the Nexus Prime is 12
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonebroader and longer than the Nexus S which is likely due to the Located at #03-32 in Funan DigitaLife Mall, Digital Stylesupport for 4G LTE. electronics concept store carries the complete range of consumer electronics products under six categories ofThe Google Nexus Prime will come with 4.6-inch Super Entertainment & Media, Gaming, Home Computing, MobileAMOLED touchscreen display, 5-megapixel rear and 2- Communications, Office & Professional and Ultra Mobile &megapixel front cameras, dual-core Ti OMAP processor. As Business. Experiential retail is one key component to theAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has yet to be out, it concept behind Digital Style. The store is specially designed tois possible that the Nexus Prime will run Android 2.3.4 allow shoppers to easily try out products at the kiosk. Be it theGingerbread mobile operating system and upgradeable to the latest speakers for music entertainment or new keyboards fornewer Android version in the near future. gaming, shoppers are able to mix-and-match and plug-and- play the gadgets in-store. The Gaming zone features latest notebooks and desktops with powerful processors and superb graphics along with game controllers. The Office & Professional zone showcases various office productivity solutions while the Mobile Communications zone is packed with smart phones and cutting-edge tablets coupled with latest accessories to complete the entire experience. Across its five lifestyle categories, Digital Style carries products from all major brands including Acer, Asus, Blackberry, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, HTC, Lenovo, Logitech, Microsoft, Motorola, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba etc. Newstead Technologies plans to open another fiveDigital Style multi-brand Digital Style outlets islandwide in the next three years.electronics concept storelaunched in Funan DigitaLifeMallSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/digital-style-multi-brand-electronics-concept-store-launched-in-funan-digitalife-mall/13576.htmlSeptember 19th, 2011This afternoon, @notebook.com, which is part of NewsteadTechnologies, has announced the launch of their first multi- Sony unveils new range ofbrand electronics concept store, Digital Style, to provide Balanced Armature In-earusers with comprehensive consumer-centric experience. Headphones Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-unveils-new-range-of-balanced- armature-in-ear-headphones/13575.html September 19th, 2011 Sony has introduced a new range of Balanced Armature (BA) in-ear headphones, which includes 11 models featuring its new BA technology for high performance music enjoyment. The technological breakthrough revolves around the BA drivers, which are micro-sized construction that are ¼ the size of conventional dynamic drivers, yet retaining the ability to achieve high resolution sound. 13
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSony says its BA drivers are optimised for music enjoyment, The new Sony Balanced Armature in-ear headphones will beand located within a sealed housing to reduce the amount of available from all authorised Sony dealers from Novemberambient noise, as well as significantly reducing the levels of 2011.sound leakage - both in and out of the ear. The result is adeeper and richer sound, allowing for high-quality playbackover a broader sound range across all models of the new Sony ECS X79R-AX Black SeriesBalanced Armature headphones. Motherboard Pictured"With audiophiles and music lovers in general continually in Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ecs-x79r-ax-black-series-motherboard-pursuit of greater sound quality, the Sony Balanced Armature pictured/13574.htmlheadphones offers a new holistic auditory experience," said September 19th, 2011Mr. Yosuke Aoki, General Manager, Personal Imaging &Sound Asia Pacific, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific. "These newmodels will forever change the way one appreciates music bycatering to their individual specific needs."The 11 models of in-ear headphones are as follows: • XBA-1, XBA-2, XBA-3 and XBA-4: For high sound Here are the first pictures of ECS top-of-the-line socket quality for common listening LGA2011 motherboard, the X79R-AX Black Series. This • XBA-1iP, XBA-2 iP, XBA-3 iP and XBA-4 iP: Same as the standard ATX form-factor motherboard crams in a ton of XBA but with a remote control for use with music players connectivity and features to tick all the boxes as far as Intels and hands-free talk for smartphones next-generation HEDT (high-end desktop) platform goes. Its got room for 4-way SLI or CrossfireX, a strong-looking VRM, • XBA-S65: Waterproof and washable for the sporting and connectivity galore. consumer Here are the first pictures of ECS top-of-the-line socket • XBA-BT75: Bluetooth wireless headset model LGA2011 motherboard, the X79R-AX Black Series. This • XBA-NC85D: The smallest and lightest in-ear standard ATX form-factor motherboard crams in a ton of headphone with digital noise cancelling connectivity and features to tick all the boxes as far as Intels next-generation HEDT (high-end desktop) platform goes. ItsXBA-1, XBA-2, XBA-3 and XBA-4 headphones encompass one got room for 4-way SLI or CrossfireX, a strong-looking VRM,(full range), two (full range + woofer), three (full range + and connectivity galore.woofer + tweeter), and four (full range + woofer + tweeter+ super woofer) respectively. This allows music lovers topurchase the appropriate earphone with a frequency responsethat best suits their listening preference. The versions with theiP designation simply come with additional support for musicplayers and hands-free talk for smartphones.Note that the XBA-S65 (Waterproof), XBA-BT75 (Bluetooth) Styled in ECS signature black, white, and gray color-sheme,and XBA-NC85D (Digital noise cancelling) features only a the X79R-AX belongs to the "Black Series" line of premiumsingle full range BA driver for each ear. In the case of motherboards by the company, which helped build the itsthe XBA-BT75 and XBA-NC85D, the micro-size of the new image as a premium board vendor. The LGA2011 socket takesBA drivers does mean that the Bluetooth transmitter and in upcoming Core i7 "Sandy Bridge-E" processors, the socketnoise cancellation circuitry respectively are built right into the itself is LOTES-made. The socket is powered by a 14-phaseheadphone housing; including their rechargeable batteries. VRM, seven sets of Driver-MOSFETs and chokes on either sides of the PCB. We can imagine this to be a heavily layered PCB to keep signaling proper, when you have high-current electrical components on even the reverse-side of the PCB. 14
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone VIA powered Zotac ZBOX nano appear in Japan Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/via-powered-zotac-zbox-nano-appear- in-japan/13573.html September 19th, 2011 After having seen Zotacs dual core VIA Nano X2 powered ZBOX nano at Computex back in June, we were surprised when the company launched an AMD E-350 powered model instead of the VIA mode, but lo and behold, the VIA version hasThe CPU socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, two on its arrived, well, at least in Japan. We have as yet to see an officialeither sides. Each slot has its own 64-bit wide data path to the announcement from Zotac, but were sure this will come in duememory controller, since Sandy Bridge-E packs a hefty quad- time.channel (256-bit) DDR3 integrated memory controller. Up to32 GB of DDR3-2400 MHz (via OC) memory can be installed.The memory slots are powered by a 4-phase VRM. After having seen Zotacs dual core VIA Nano X2 powered ZBOX nano at Computex back in June, we were surprised when the company launched an AMD E-350 powered model instead of the VIA mode, but lo and behold, the VIA version has arrived, well, at least in Japan. We have as yet to see an official announcement from Zotac, but were sure this will come in due time. The size hasnt changed, so were still looking at a 127x127x45mm cube, although the internals have of course changed quite a bit. A minor cosmetic change includes a yellow circle, instead of a green one on the AMD powered model. Around the front, were looking at an identical setup as well with a memory card reader, a pair of audio jacks and an IR receiver.Expansion slots include four well spaced-out PCI-Express 3.0x16 slots, which depending on the way theyre populated, areelectrically configured (top to bottom) as x16/NC/x16/NC, orx8/x8/x8/x8, or x16/NC/x8/x8. Switching is handled by newASMedia ASM1480 lane switches, that are PCI-Express 3.0compliant. There doesnt appear to have been any changes made to the rear either, as here we find a DisplayPort, and HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet jack, an eSATA port and the Wi-Fi antenna. Internally things are quite different though, as here we find VIAs Nano X2 U4025 dual core CPU which is clocked at 1.2GHz with an 18W TDP. Its been paired up with the VIA VX900H chipset, although we couldnt find any reference to this specific model, nor the CPU model on VIAs website.Other expansion slots include two PCI-Express 2.0 x1. 15
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneA single SO-DIMM will accept up to 4GB of DDR3 memoryand theres of course space for a 2.5-inch drive. It also sports802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 and just like with theAMD model, you get an external IR receiver, a remote control Its clear that being in the foundry business is a risky thing,and a VESA mounting plate in the box. The VIA powered least not looking at the big ups and downs in the marketmodel goes under the name of ZBOX nano-VD01 and its which affects a foundry directly when customers end up withexpected to hit retail in Japan later this month for somewhere too much stock of a certain product. That said, since thearound 10,000 Yen (S$162/US$130), although exact pricing early 1980s the year or year growth for the semiconductorhas as yet not been confirmed. industry has grown from US$15 billion to US$314 billion and its expected to grow further as were moving towards moreGlobal Foundries GTC Taiwan connected devices. Jim Kupec, the SVP of sales and market at Global Foundries mentioned that todays biggest driving force2011 for new devices are teenagers and although this might not beSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/global-foundries-gtc- entirely true, a lot of the devices out there are targeting thetaiwan-2011/13572.html younger end of the market.September 19th, 2011Yesterday we attended Global Foundries Global TechnologyConference 2011 in Hsinchu, Taiwan and although thecompany didnt reveal anything new in addition to what wasannounced at its conference in in Santa Clara a couple of weeksago, as we didnt attend that conference, we thought wed sumup some of the things the company is working on. As alwayswith these kind of events, only so many details are revealed,as much of what Global Foundries does are company secrets,or its related to its partners products and as such GlobalFoundries cant talk about a lot of the specifics. That said, Global Foundries arent exactly slowing down their investments as the company is busy investing in all of its facilities. Its facility in New York reached its “ready forYesterday we attended Global Foundries Global Technology equipment” date two months early and Global FoundriesConference 2011 in Hsinchu, Taiwan and although the should be kicking off test production here this year, althoughcompany didnt reveal anything new in addition to what was this facility isnt expected to go into full production until earlyannounced at its conference in in Santa Clara a couple of weeks next year. Fab 1 in Germany has started volume productionago, as we didnt attend that conference, we thought wed sum of 32nm parts for AMD earlier this year and its also doingup some of the things the company is working on. As always some 28nm production tests and it will transition entirelywith these kind of events, only so many details are revealed, to 28nm in the near future. Fab 7 in Singapore has beenas much of what Global Foundries does are company secrets, upgraded to produce anything between 40 and 65nm andor its related to its partners products and as such Global is currently under evaluation to move to 300mm wafersFoundries cant talk about a lot of the specifics. in the future. Its also worth noting that Global Foundries have several additional facilities in Singapore which are all production various kinds of solutions such as MEMS and special components for the auto industry etc. 16
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone September 19th, 2011 Right alongside the Trinity demonstration, AMD also showed off its FX CPUs - with competing Intel CPUs by the side. Two AMD FX CPUs were shown benchmarked against two Intel Core CPUs, both times the FX CPUs coming out on top. However, neither victory was comprehensive.By next year Global Foundries expects to be ramping its 28nmproducts and even start some initial 20nm production at Fab8 in the US. Furthermore the company is expecting to ramp The first benchmark pegged a AMD FX 8-core CPU against acapacity in Fab 1, 7 and 8 as the company is expecting demand similarly priced Intel Core i5 in Handbrake. While the exactfor what it calls leading edge technology (65nm and below) to models werent revealed, it is likely a Core i5 2400/2500increase and this is also where the company is seeing close to and FX-8100/8120 were benchmarked. A 5 minute standard70 percent of its revenues from. definition was converted at 223 fps on the FX system against 188fps for the Core i5. The conclusion is simple - AMD has a 19% performance/price lead in Handbrake. While Handbrake isnt as aggressively multi-threaded as Cinebench or X264, it does respond to multiple threads, giving AMDs 8-cores an advantage (albeint disproportionate) over Intels 4-core, 4- thread Core i5. The second benchmark involved Dirt 3 running at 2560x1600 with two Radeon HD 6970 cards in Crossfire. An unnamed FX CPU scored 82.8fps versus 80.9fps for the Intel Core i7 980X. At such resolutions, games are extremely CPU limited, and slight performance difference does not reveal much. The benchmarks dont reveal as much as we would have liked, but there are signs of status quo - Intel leading on performance and IPC while AMD winning on performance/$ and especially multithreaded performance.Global Foundries also addressed the concerns that someoutside observers have had with regards to its High-k MetalGate manufacturing process and the company has produced RIM launches BlackBerry2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 test chip with its 28nm-SLP technology Torch 9860 and BlackBerryand hit 3GHz with its 28nm-HPP process. That said, AMDsFusion processors in the A-series are also built using Global Torch 9810 Smartphones inFoundries HKMG manufacturing process and despite beinglate, the volumes are ramping, although the company wouldnt Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-launches-blackberry-torch-9860-go into any specifics here either due to non-disclosure and-blackberry-torch-9810-smartphones-in-singapore/13570.htmlagreements with AMD. All future processors from AMD for at September 19th, 2011least the next 12 months should be based on Global Foundries32nm HKMG process, including the upcoming FX-series andAMDs next generation A-series APUs.AMD benchmarks FX againstIntel CPUs RIM today announced the launch of two new BlackBerry 7Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-benchmarks-fx-against-intel- OS smartphones in Singapore, the BlackBerry Torch 9860cpus/13571.html and BlackBerry Torch 9810. Pre-order for both smartphone 17
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonemodels start today, with expected availability in Singapore on For more information, visit http://sg.blackberry.com/September 22nd.The new BlackBerry 7 operating system has been toutedto offer a significantly faster, and more fluid browsing IDF Day 2: Mobile Ivy Bridge,experience. Built on the WebKit browser engine, RIM says its Haswell shows up tooBlackBerry 7 smartphones deliver 40% faster browsing results Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/idf-day-2-mobile-ivy-bridge-haswell-than BlackBerry 6 smartphones, as well as optimized zooming shows-up-too/13569.htmland panning for smoother web navigation September 19th, 2011 The ever-popular Mooly Eden keynote show focused on Sandy / Ivy Bridge ultrabooks and the first showing of working Haswell system. The IDF second day is usually as exciting and news-packed as the first one, especially since other speakers keynotes may be more liberal and peppered with more juicy revelations than what the CEO shows earlier. Mooly Eden, the VP in charge of the PC Client world - meaning desktops, notebooks and such,The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is an evolution of the BlackBerry and the man who helped create Centrino, Core and all the wayTorch 9800, which was RIMs first smartphone with a up to Sandy Bridge processors, was there on stage to promotecapacitance touch screen and a slide-out keyboard. Equipped Intels next big mobile thing, the Ultrabook.with a significantly faster 1.2 GHz processor under its hood fora zippy user experience, the Torch 9810 incorporates the sameform factor as older Torch. In addition, the Torch 9810 hasa 3.2" display that sports a VGA resolution of 640 x 480, aswell as a vastly expanded 768MB of RAM and 8GB of onboardmemory. Now, Mooly has for some time preached a mantra that really reasonates beyond this whole processor thing: basically, with the likes of iPod and iPad, and such, the users are becoming more and more content consumers, not content creators.The BlackBerry Torch 9860, on the other hand, is a touch- Then he dabbled into the left brain - right brain balanceonly BlackBerry. With a depth of just 11.5mm, the Torch 9860 dilemma, with obvious focus on the right brain, which I have tocomes with an even larger 3.7" display with a WVGA resolution welcome, myself being a pure right brain left hander. Thatsof 800 x 480. The Torch 9860 shares the same 1.2GHz where the Ultrabook comes as the ideal device - satisfying theprocessor and has the same amount of RAM and onboard practical requirements of the left brain, while providing a toolmemory as the Torch 9810. to materialise the inspiration from the right brain.Gregory Wade, Regional Managing Director, East Asia atRIM, said: "This is an exciting period for RIM and we You may think this doesnt make any sense, but actually it doesare thrilled to introduce two new BlackBerry 7 powered - think carefully, ARM right now has an advantage only in thesmartphones in Singapore. Both of these new BlackBerry content viewing devices like smartphones and tablets, whileTorch smartphones offer a full touch display and feature Intel rules the roost in content creation devices like laptops,RIMs next generation of hardware and software to deliver the desktops and workstations. ARM wants to somehow go up,ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity." while Intel wants to expand downwards as well. The promise 18
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneof added creation capability on Ultrabook - a notebook that working fine. Now, we just need more competition to spice upis barely larger than a tablet, but with full PC capability and the race...no less sexy looking - appeals to that freedom and creativityof the right brain. After all, you dont need an app store tobe controlled what you install on an Ultrabook, unlike with a Canon announces newtablet. LV-8320 LCD multimedia projectorThe technical merits of barely 1 cm thick Ultrabooks still Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-announces-new-lv-8320-lcd-include a decent dual core X86 CPU, preferably Ivy Bridge multimedia-projector/13568.htmlI guess, 13.3 inch or large screen - too bad most are September 19th, 2011in the infamous moviescreen 16:9 proportion at 1366x768,unproductive for serious work - and comfortable keyboardwith touchpad for full creative operability. The prizmaticbatteries are now there, instead of curvy ones, and brandnew super thin displays, including the new e-DP kind thatself refreshes the image for lower power use, and thin SSDdrive - the HDD makes little sense here. Knowing that most of Canon Singapore had announced their latest multimediathese machines will cost above S$ 1,000 in retail, SSD is to be projector, LV-8320, designed for professionals who want toexpected. You can see the various vendors early models here. do presentations on the go. Weighing 3.4kg, the LV-8320 claims to offer accurate images even under bright conditions, and features 1280x800 WXGA resolution, 3,000 lumens brightness and 2,000:1 contrast ratio. Canon has unveiled the new LV-8320 LCD multimedia projector that features 1280x800 WXGA resolution, 3,000 lumens brightness and 2000:1 contrast ratio. Weighing only 3.4kg, it is ideal for professionals who need to do presentations on the go. The projector can project up to 1280 x 800 (WXGA) resolution and is compatible with modern widescreen laptops without the need to adjust. At 3000 lumens, projected images are vivid even under bright environments. It also incorporates Intelligent Lamp Dimming System thatFrankly, with the 17 W CPU TDP budget in Ultrabooks, yet the adjusts the lamp’s power output to suit the brightness of theneed for performance, I feel the real systems matching all the image, hence reducing power consumption by a significantrequirements will really wait for Ivy Bridge update six months 69%. The projector can also adjust the color to maintain colorfrom now, not to mention better displays at 1600x900 or even balance at various brightness levels. The lamp has a longFullHD resolution. lifespan of up to 5,000 hours in Eco mode, and an air filter that can last 5,500 hours.Mooly also ran the first fully working Haswell system here, no Users will be able to combine two projections within a singleparticular surprises, and the case was closed from the outside. screen, increasing convenience for presenters and addingThe point was that Intel is basically ready, with Ivy Bridge interest to presentations. Users can either choose ‘pictureramp up not far away, and even Haswell prototypes seemingly in picture’ or ‘picture by picture’. The function also allows 19
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneusers to refer to, for example, a video or document, without releasing early in 2012, perhaps announced even as early asswitching out from their presentation. CES 2012 in January.The projector is also packed with convenient input capabilitiesincluding HDMI, DVI, VGA and S-video. With the Auto Input At this point, a fair bit is known about Trinity. Trinity isSearch, the LV-8320 can automatically identify input signals the successor to Llano, and is likely to be the branded aswithout the need to manually switch source input. A built- the next A Series (likely Ax-4xxx). The CPU part of Trinityin 10W speaker provides amplified audio where needed. The gets a major upgrade, moving from the aging Stars cores toprojector comes with Auto Keystone Correction that can detect AMDs next-gen Piledriver architecture, an enhanced versionthe projector’s tilt and correct distorted images. of Bulldozer. Trinity consists to 2-4 Piledriver cores or 1-2The LV-8320 will be available from 16 September at Piledriver modules. The GPU part gets an upgrade to a Radeonauthorized Canon dealers at the recommended retail price of HD 7000 branded GPU, rumoured to be based on the VLIW-4S$1,599. architecture currently only available in Radeon HD 6900 series on the desktop. Unlike mobile Llano, which spans TDPs from 35W to 45W, mobile Trinity is rumoured to scaleAMD demonstrates Trinity from 17W ULV systems all the way to 60W high-performanceSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-demonstrates-trinity/13567.html notebooks. While 60W may sound like a lot, it is reasonableSeptember 19th, 2011 for a quad-core with a full fledged GPU on die. You can view a video of the demo here, courtesy of Anandtech. While it doesnt give away much, it does show Trinity running Deus Ex: HR smoothly with good IQ. Not far away from IDF, AMD has demonstrated a notebookrunning the next-gen Trinity APU, running Deus Ex: HumanRevolution. This is not the first time AMD has showed off Sony Ericsson Xperia RayTrinity on a notebook, the first being at the AMD FusionDeveloper Summit back in June. While that was just a video Review: A sleek and elegantplayback, running a modern DX11 game shows that Trinity is Android phoneup and running in force. If all goes well, we could see Trinity Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-xperia-ray-review-a-releasing early in 2012, perhaps announced even as early as sleek-and-elegant-android-phone/13523.htmlCES 2012 in January. September 19th, 2011 Last month, VR-Zone was in Tokyo, Japan to learn more about the design concept and engineering of the new Sony Ericsson Xperia ray. We also managed to get a a unit for review. So how good is the Xperia ray with its fairly small 3.3-inch screen and how does it compare to its larger screen competitors? Read on to find out.Not far away from IDF, AMD has demonstrated a notebookrunning the next-gen Trinity APU, running Deus Ex: HumanRevolution. This is not the first time AMD has showed offTrinity on a notebook, the first being at the AMD FusionDeveloper Summit back in June. While that was just a videoplayback, running a modern DX11 game shows that Trinity isup and running in force. If all goes well, we could see Trinity 20
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone "Phone Story" app gets ban in Apple iTunes Store Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/-phone-story-app-gets-ban-in-apple- itunes-store/13566.html September 19th, 2011 Developing an iPhone app that criticized how Apple does business, it is no wonder such app would get the ban. Phone Story, is the latest victim to be on Apples ban list as it criticizes the company in the form of four games with regards to human rights violation, gadget consumerism and creating e-waste.Android is growing steadily with recent statistics showing thatthe Google mobile operating system has taken 40 percent ofthe US smartphone market compared to 28 percent for ApplesiOS. This year, while we see a lot of new tablet devices, thephone makers are still churning out new smartphones whichare slimmer and have large displays, and are incorporatingfeatures such as scratch-resistant glass, 3D technologies aswell as high-tech LCD touchscreens for superb clarity andcolors, while maintaining a low power consumption.Sony Ericsson launched their flagship Xperia arc earlier thisyear which measures just 8.7mm thick, has a 4.2-inch displayand weighs 117g. In June, the company unveiled their newrange of phones consisting of the Xperia ray, Xperia active Produced by Molleindustria, Phone Story is a smartphoneand the txt. In this review, were taking a closer look at the game that "attempts to provoke a critical reflection on itsSony Ericsson Xperia ray, but before we proceed, heres a quick own technological platform". From the game description,breakdown of the specifications:- it consists of four educational games whereby player symbolically complicit in coltan extraction in Congo, Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray outsourced labor in China, e-waste in Pakistan and gadgetCPU 1GHz Scorpion processor consumerism in the West.Memory Internal: Up to 300MB free; RAM: 512MB The developer claims that Phone Story is intended to serve as a reminder for users of the impact, though indirectlyScreen 3.3-inches (WVGA) accusing Apple of human rights violation via dangerousGraphics 854 x 480 extraction of coltan, a mineral used in manufacturingDisplay Resolution 8-megapixel camera w/ auto of consumer electronics products, worker abuse under focus, LED flash questionable conditions at companies such as Foxconn, andConnectivity 3.5mm audio, microUSB, launching new products every year thus creating more e- 802.11b/g/n waste. Apple has thus ban the app citing reasons including the Bluetooth 2.1 w/A2DP, aGPS depiction of violence or abuse against children and excessivelyExpansion Slot microSD up to 32GB objectionable or crude content.Battery life 1500mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion Razer to design the ultimateTalk time Up to 440 hour standby time; Up to 420 min talk time Xbox 360 arcade stick withPlatform Android 2.3 Gingerbread community effortDimensions 111 x 53 x 9.4 mm Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-to-design-the-ultimate-Weight 100g xbox-360-arcade-stick-with-community-effort/13565.html September 19th, 2011 21
  • September 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAt this year Tokyo Game Show, peripheral maker Razer hasannounced co-development program with the arcade stickcommunity to come up with the ultimate arcade stick forthe Microsoft Xbox 360 game console. Beta testing of theprototype will commence soon.Razer has announced a program to co-develop the ultimatearcade stick for the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console togetherwith the arcade stick community. The arcade stick, developedwith pro-gamer feedback, is currently at the prototype stage.Up to 200+ specially selected top-seed Street Fighter IVpro-gamers, influential modders, and members of the arcadeenthusiast community will each be given a Razer arcade stickto test and provide feedback to further improve it to perfection,whereupon the final design will then proceed to production.Members of the arcade community worldwide interestedin participating in this beta program are encouraged tocontribute ideas at www.razerzone.com/bredtofight, alongwith a short description as to why they should be selected forprototype testing. Registrants can also nominate other peopleto the program. Up to 200+ successful applicants worldwidewill receive an arcade stick prototype delivered directly to theirhomes.Razer will be launching this non-retail arcade stick closed betacommunity program at Tokyo Game Show. Select pro-gamersand key modders will also be approached to begin beta testingthe prototype.For more information on the arcade stick or the communityprogram, please visit www.razerzone.com/bredtofight 22
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! The recent public demonstrations of their Atom solutions over VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication at Intel Developer Forum and Microsoft BUILD conference covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. also clearly showed Intel is fully behind their Atom chips. At IDF, Intel has showed a Medfield powered smartphone and at BUILD, Microsoft has showed a tablet poweredIntel Remains Committed to by a 32nm Atom chip which we believe is a Medfield.the Atom Brand According to our sources, Medfield is a single-core chip supporting HyperThreading and Clover Trail is essentially aSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-remains-committed-to-the-atom- SoC version of Cedar Trail which is dual-core chip supportingbrand/13624.html HyperThreading.September 23rd, 2011 AU by KDDI to carry Apple iPhone 5 in Japan early 2012 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/au-by-kddi-to-carry-apple-iphone-5-in- japan-early-2012/13623.htmlDigiTimes today ran a story about Intels plans to rename the September 23rd, 2011Atom brand under the upcoming Cedar Trail platform in 2012,due to poor brand image of Atom CPUs. We contacted an Intelspokesperson who responded by saying that there are no plansto change the Atom brand and that they are on track to launchnew Atom processors in Q4 and more next year. VR-Zone alsohad an opportunity to talk to Brian Fravel, Intel’s Director ofMarketing for Brand Strategy and Management who oversees Japanese mobile phone carrier, AU by KDDi, hasthe Atom brand. Read more for the interview... recently spilled the beans about the upcoming Apple iPhone 5, as reported by Nikkei Business. However, as opposed to itsDigiTimes today ran a story about Intels plans to rename the earlier report that AU by KDDI would be selling the phone inAtom brand under the upcoming Cedar Trail platform in 2012, early November, Nikkei said that the telco operator would bedue to poor brand image of Atom CPUs. We contacted an Intel selling in early 2012 instead,spokesperson who responded by saying that there are no plansto change the Atom brand and that they are on track to launchnew Atom processors in Q4 and more next year.Currently under the Atom brand, there are currently 5processors series; D, N, Z, E and CE where D is forperformance segment, N and E is for mainstream, Z is forBattery Optimized and CE is for Consumer Electronics.VR-Zone had an opportunity to talk to Brian Fravel, Intel’sDirector of Marketing for Brand Strategy and Managementwho oversees the Atom brand. He confirmed that Intelremains extremely committed to the Atom brand and willcontinue to do so for 2012 and beyond.According to Fravel, Atom is doing well in segments suchas Smart TVs where Intel Atom CE 4100 (Sodaville) chips arepowering Google TV and Sony Internet TV. In the mobilityspace, Atom will continue to make in-roads into the netbook/ Nikkei Business has earlier reported that AU by KDDI willentry level desktop space with 32nm Cedar Trail which is be selling the new iPhone 5 in early November. But it seemsexpected to launch in Q4 this year. Tablet/smartphones that Nikkei, the sibling entity of Nikkei Business, said that thewith 32nm Medfield SoC are slated for a H1 2012 release, operator would only be selling the highly anticipated Appleand a tablet/hybrid 32nm Clover Trail succeeding Oak Trail iPhone 5 in early 2012 instead. Softbank has been the exclusivesometime next year. 1
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonetelco operator for the iPhone in the past three years, but it means that we could see the Samsung Galaxy Skin in storesseems that AU by KDDI, who is the second largest mobile before end 2012.phone carrier to NTT DoCoMo, has managed to seal thecontract to sell the iPhone 5 in Japan. This could be good newsto AU users, especially those who have switched to Softbank Source: androidpit, gadgets and gizmosbecause of the iPhone.Samsung to launch GalaxySkin with flexible AMOLEDscreen next year?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-to-launch-galaxy-skin-with-flexible-amoled-screen-next-year-/13622.htmlSeptember 23rd, 2011The Samsung Galaxy Skin was unveiled at CES 2011 andfeatures a bendable and foldable display that is able towithstand hard blows. However, the phone was still inconceptual stage, though if reports are true, the SamsungGalaxy Skin could become commercial next year. Samsung open doors to newFeaturing a bendable, foldable AMOLED display, the Samsung memory fab, starts churningGalaxy Skin is probably the most flexible mobile phone todate. Well, if it goes to retail that is. This new conceptualized out 2Xnm DDR3phone was showcased at Hongik University in South Korea last Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-open-doors-to-new-memory-June, and at CES 2011. According to Samsung, the Galaxy Skin fab-starts-churning-out-2xnm-ddr3/13621.htmlincorporates flexible AMOLED displays, instead of glass, and September 23rd, 2011is said to use a plastic polyimide substrate. The tests showedthat the displays are able to bend around a cylinder, measuringjust an inch in diameter.In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy Skin willsport a 4-inch bendable AMOLED display (800x400), 8- Back in May last year Samsung started building its Line-16megapixel rear and VGA front cameras, 1.2GHz processor, memory fab and trial production kicked off back in June this1GB memory, and supports Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11b/ year, followed by mass production in August and the companyg/n connectivity. The phone may not run the new Android has now announced that the Fab has gone into full production.Ice Cream Sandwich, but a new mobile operating system According to Samsung this is the worlds largest memory Fabcalled Android Flexy. According to news sources, Samsung and that in itself might be impressive, but what were morehas already confirmed that the production of these flexible interested in is Samsung new 20nm "class" DDR3 memory andAMOLED displays will begin in the Q2 2012 next year, which NAND flash which is being made in the Fab. 2
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBack in May last year Samsung started building its Line-16 appears to be pretty much it. Wed expect the chipset heatsinkmemory fab and trial production kicked off back in June this to change before the board goes on sale.year, followed by mass production in August and the companyhas now announced that the Fab has gone into full production.According to Samsung this is the worlds largest memory Faband that in itself might be impressive, but what were moreinterested in is Samsung new 20nm "class" DDR3 memory andNAND flash which is being made in the Fab.As youd expect, the new Fab is located in Korea and is a partof Samsungs Nano City complex in Hwaseong. It has 198,000square meters of workspace and is a 12 story building. In theFab Samsung can manufacture over 10,000 12-inch wafers of2Xnm NAND flash plus an unknown amount of DDR3 wafers.Thats a serious amount of memory and its easy to see whySamsung is one of the leading memory manufacturers in theworld.Samsung is also expecting to move to 10nm class NANDflash production at the Fab come next year. Additionally thecompany will move from 2Gbit DDR3 DRAM chips to 4Gbitchips later this year, which will be used in 4, 8, 16 and 32GB Around the back the board has four USB 3.0 ports, twoDDR3 DIMMs, although apparently well have to wait until USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an eSATA port, threenext year before these hit retail. Samsung is expecting to analogue audio jacks, optical S/PDIF out and a DVI and HDMIoutput 50 percent more memory chips by moving from 3Xnm port. Its good to see that Gigabyte has finally given up on theto 2Xnm and claims that the 2Xnm chips will use up to 40 D-sub connector, although wed presume that the DVI portpercent less power than its 3Xnm chips. Hopefully from a allows for a D-sub display to be used via an adaptor.consumer perspective this means that we can look forward tomore affordable SSDs and sustained memory prices over atleast the next 12 months.Gigabytes GA-A75N-USB3mini-ITX motherboard picturedahead of launchSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-s-ga-a75n-usb3-mini-itx-motherboard-pictured-ahead-of-launch/13618.htmlSeptember 23rd, 2011 We did find a price as well, as the board is listed for pre-The GA-A75N-USB3 was announced quite some time ago, order with some online retailers. In Europe the board shouldalthough nothing much have been heard about the product retail for around €100 (S$176) which about on par with thesince. Now picture of an early revision of the mini-ITX competition, although it doesnt make it a bargain, especiallymotherboard has appeared over on a Japanese website and considering its fairly basic feature set. Well have to wait andalthough we expect some minor cosmetic changes before see what the official pricing will be once Gigabyte officiallylaunch, we cant be too far from an official unveiling. launches the board.The GA-A75N-USB3 was announced quite some time ago,although nothing much have been heard about the productsince. Now picture of an early revision of the mini-ITX Intels upcoming Coremotherboard has appeared over on a Japanese website andalthough we expect some minor cosmetic changes before i7-2700K expected to costlaunch, we cant be too far from an official unveiling. more than the 2600K Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-upcoming-core-i7-2700k-The A75N-USB3 is a fairly basic motherboard, but as such it expected-to-cost-more-than-the-2600k/13616.htmlshould also be quite affordable. Standard features include twoDIMM slots, four SATA 6Gbps ports and a x16 PCI Expressslot. We can also spot a front USB 2.0 pin header, but that 3
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSeptember 23rd, 2011 This year is The Body Shops 35th anniversary and the cosmetic company will be launching their iButterfly Asia iPhone application in Singapore tomorrow. The iButterfly Asia iPhone app is designed to engage and reach out to potential customers with electronic discount coupons, product giveaways and useful content.For the longest of times Intel has follow a very linear pricingmodel with new faster models entering its price lists at thesame price point as its previously fastest model. However, itseems like this is all about to change with the introduction ofthe Core i7-2700K which is set to launch in about a monthstime, as according to information VR-Zone has been privy to,the 2700K will be pricier than the 2600K.For the longest of times Intel has follow a very linear pricingmodel with new faster models entering its price lists at thesame price point as its previously fastest model. However, itseems like this is all about to change with the introduction ofthe Core i7-2700K which is set to launch in about a monthstime, as according to information VR-Zone has been privy to,the 2700K will be pricier than the 2600K.Sadly we cant reveal the exact price point of the 2700K as itwould get our source in a lot of trouble, but suffice to say, itll Cosmetic company The Body Shop will be launching thenot end up at the US$317 list price of the 2600K. Wed expect iButterfly Asia iPhone app tomorrow, 23 September, inthe actual retail price of the 2700K to end up somewhere close Singapore. This is the first time the app is coming here,to US$340-350 at launch, not massive increase in price, but following recent successes in Tokyo and Hong Kong.still an unusual move by Intel. Its possible that the company The campaign will be running from 23 September to 16isnt ready to replace the 2600K, although if this is the case, October,coinciding with the ethical beauty brand’s 35ththen this will be the first time we see two K SKU CPUs in the birthday celebrations.same sub family of CPUs from Intel. The iButterfly Asia iPhone app is designed to engage, captureThe Core i7-2700K will have a base clock of 3.5GHz, up and reach out to potential users via a paper-less "coupon100MHz from the 2600K, although its otherwise identical to entertainment". The objective is to catch the "butterflies"the 2600K. This also means that the highest multiplier is still with each containing a variety of discount coupons, productstuck at 57x, but weve also heard via the grapevine that the giveaways and beneficial content. The application can be2700K is proving to be a better overclocker than the 2600K. downloaded for free at the Apple iTunes App Store, andIntel is apparently cherry picking the best of the best of its supports iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices (with iOS4.2Sandy Bridge cores for the 2700K, which helps when it comes and above). It works withiin 150m radius of the vicinity ofto the overclocking potential. We shouldnt have to wait too any of The Body Shop stores in Singapore whereby you canlong to find out, as Intel is expect to launch the CPU on the catch the "butterflies". These butterflies are air tags created24th of October. using augmented reality and location information elements. The smartphone‘s global positioning system (GPS) and theirUpdate:Fudzilla seems to have found out a more accurate price motion sensors are then used to "catch" the butterflies. Oncepoint and claim that the Core i7-2700K should retail for US users have captured their butterflies, they will be able to$331. redeem for free prizes and great discounts off products at any The Body Shop outlet. Each butterfly is unique to The BodyThe Body Shop to launch Shop brand.the iButterfly Asia iPhone Throughout the campaign period, consumers can catch these butterflies using their iPhones and take advantage of iButterflyapplication tomorrow Asia-exclusive offers, including 10 grand prizes of S$500Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-body-shop-to-launch-the- worth of The Body Shop products. These special editionibutterfly-asia-iphone-application-tomorrow/13613.html butterflies will make appearances throughout the campaign.September 23rd, 2011 The public can follow The BodyShop Singapore on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thebodyshopsingapore starting 23rd September to get instant updates and how-to information on The Body Shop iButterfly Asia campaign. 4
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone the 64GB model has a max write speed of up to 490MB/s while the 128GB should be slightly faster at up to 510MB/s. The max IOPS are slightly lower than for OCZs other SSDs based on theOCZ announces second SSD SandForce SF-2281 controller which is surprising, althoughcaching solution with the the difference isnt that big.Synapse series OCZ doesnt supply much information with regards to how the Dataplex caching software works, only that it takes some timeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-announces-second-ssd-caching- for it to build up the cache, as per any other caching system.solution-with-the-synapse-series/13614.html One slightly different feature is that the Dataplex software canSeptember 23rd, 2011 dynamically handle which is stored on the SSD and the hard drive, which seems to suggest that frequently used software might be stored on the SSD rather than the hard drive. OCZ claims that the drives are available as of now, but we havent found anyone listing them for sale and OCZ didnt reveal pricing. Were going to try to get a unit in for review and do a comparison with other SSD caching solutions.If OCZs RevoDrive Hybrid is outside of your budget, thenits new Synapse series of SSDs might appeal to you as thenew range of drives have been designed specifically for SSDcaching. The good news is that you dont need chipset level Nikon COOLPIX P7100,support to take advantage of the SSD caching feature either, as P1200pj, S6200, S8200 on saleOCZ has integrated software from Dataplex that handles thecaching part. now Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-coolpix-p7100-p1200pj-s6200- s8200-on-sale-now/13612.htmlIf OCZs RevoDrive Hybrid is outside of your budget, then September 23rd, 2011its new Synapse series of SSDs might appeal to you as thenew range of drives have been designed specifically for SSDcaching. The good news is that you dont need chipset levelsupport to take advantage of the SSD caching feature either, asOCZ has integrated software from Dataplex that handles thecaching part.So what makes the Synapse series of SSDs different from Nikon Singapore is pleased to announce that the sales date forany other SSD? Well, OCZ are selling them as 64 and 128GB COOLPIX P7100, P1200pj, S6200 and S8200 officially startmodels, but you only get half of that space thanks to 50 today, 22nd September 2011, Thursday. They are going for Spercent overprovisioning. This means that the drive is likely $799, S$629, S$349 and S$519 respectively.to last longer than the hard drive itll work in tandem with Nikon Singapore is pleased to announce that the sales date forand OCZ claims a MTBF time of 2 million hours, which oddly COOLPIX P7100, P1200pj, S6200 and S8200 officially startenough isnt higher than OCZs other SSDs, despite the high today, 22nd September 2011, Thursday.overprovisioning. Product Colors Specifications Recommended Name Available & Major Retail Features Price COOLPIX • Black • 10.1 $799 P7100 megapixels with 3” LCD • 7.1 optical zoom • 28mm wide-angle to 200mm telephoto lens • Faster response and lesserThe Synapse series features SATA 6Gbps interface and both noisemodels have a rated max read speed of up to 550MB/s whereas 5
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Special COOLPIX • Silver • 16.1 $519 Effect S8200 megapixels • Black mode with • Red • Tone level • 14x information optical display zoom with • Full HD 25mm movie wide-angle recording • Backside with stereo illumination sound CMOS COOLPIX • Black • 14.1 $629 sensor P1200pj megapixels • High- • Pink with 3” speed LCD response • 5x optical • Target zoom with finding AF 28mm function wide-angle • • Brighter Continuous projection shooting up to 60” function display • Smile • Project timer images via continuous iPhone, mode iPad or iPod • Night Touch* Scene mode • Special Effect • Special mode and Filter effect mode *via dedicated • Easy cable Panorama COOLPIX • Silver • 16.0 $349 • HD movie S6200 megapixels recording • Black with 2.7” • White • Still LCD image • Blue • 10x during • Red optical movie zoom with recording • Pink 25mm wide-angle • High- Sony ICF-DS15iP clock radio speed offers great audio experience response and alarm to wake you up • Special Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-icf-ds15ip-clock-radio-offers- and Filter great-audio-experience-and-alarm-to-wake-you-up/13610.html Effects September 23rd, 2011 mode • Hand- held/tripod night landscape detection 6
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSony Electronics Asia Pacific has launched their ‘all-in-one’clock radio, the ICF-DS15iP, which is sleek, has large volumeoutput and is compatible with Apple iPod and iPhone devices.It features Mega Bass and Mega Xpand Sound system, andcomes with a remote control to access the playback and alarmoptions easily. Samsung has unveiled their new ultra slim and stylish MultiView MV800 camera that features enhanced picture quality and touch screen technology. The MultiView MV800 builds on the success of Samsung’s dual screen technology and is the first premium compact model to feature a 3-inch wide flip-out touch display for flexibility, enjoyment and creativity.Sony Electronics Asia Pacific has announced their latest clock You can snap a high-angle shot over the crowd or low-angleradio - the ICF-DS15iP - that features a docking station for shot on the ground to effortlessly frame and capture pictures.Apple iPod and iPhone devices. With a sleek finish, the new For self-portraits, simply spin the display around. In terms ofclock radio dock may seem small but it is capable of providing specifications, the MV800 features an 16.1-megapixels sensormore sound options with its Mega Bass and Mega Xpand and 5x optical and 26mm wide-angle zoom lens that can shootSound system and large volume output. Additionally, users superior quality images.are now able to control the music from anywhere in the roomusing the supplied remote control, giving them the freedom tochange the music or turn off an alarm without having to be With the Live Panorama function, you can take photosin close proximity to the clock radio. The new ICF-DS15iP is of large groups or panoramic view by holding the cameraavailable in both black and silver and will be available in Asia shutter button, and then preview the entire scene on the LCDPacific from October 2011 onwards. touch display. Other features include the Smart Touch 3.0 with Wallpaper user interface that allows user to drag and scroll through menu options to launch the required featureSamsung introduces intuitively with just a touch; Magic Frame feature with 12 fun background templates; and Funny Face feature that letsMultiView MV800 compact you bend, stretch and manipulate portraits by tapping andcamera with flip-out touch dragging to radically distort facial characteristics.displaySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-introduces-multiview- Renesas passes USB-IFmv800-compact-camera-with-flip-out-touch-display/13609.htmlSeptember 23rd, 2011 certification, again Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/renesas-passes-usb-if-certification- again/13608.html September 23rd, 2011Flip-out display on a digital camera for user to capturepictures even in an awkward angle, isnt a new feature,However, Samsung has implemented the flip-out touch Although were not entirely surprised, Renesas has passeddisplay (including some of the buttons) on the their new the USB-IF certification for its most recent USB 3.0 hostMultiView MV800 compact camera. controllers, the µPD720201 and the µPD720202. Were most likely looking at the last host controllers to get certification this year, although we know that both Etron and ASMedia are looking at the four port market. 7
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Zotac set to launch AMD A75Although were not entirely surprised, Renesas has passedthe USB-IF certification for its most recent USB 3.0 host ZBOX, motherboard toocontrollers, the µPD720201 and the µPD720202. Were most Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zotac-set-to-launch-amd-a75-zbox-likely looking at the last host controllers to get certification motherboard-too/13607.htmlthis year, although we know that both Etron and ASMedia are September 23rd, 2011looking at the four port market.Back in March Renesas said it would kick off mass productionof the µPD720201 and the µPD720202 come September and Showing off sneak peeks of upcoming products have becomehaving passed USB-IF certification it looks like the company quite the trend these days, either on Facebook or Twitter andis ready to go. Considering that the company (then under the according to Zotacs Facebook page, the company is going tobanner of NEC Electronics) was the first to launch a USB introduce at least one new product tomorrow. So far there are3.0 host controller, the speedy certification might not be so only a couple of pictures that dont give away too much detail,surprising, although we have a feeling that the company got just enough to tell us that its an AMD A75 based product. ThisVIP treatment by the USB-IF as well because of its special piqued our interest and we managed to dig up quite a lot ofstanding with the USB-IF. details on what Zotac is getting ready to announce. Showing off sneak peeks of upcoming products have become quite the trend these days, either on Facebook or Twitter and according to Zotacs Facebook page, the company is going to introduce at least one new product tomorrow. So far there are only a couple of pictures that dont give away too much detail, just enough to tell us that its an AMD A75 based product. This piqued our interest and we managed to dig up quite a lot of details on what Zotac is getting ready to announce. Were not quite sure if well see more than one announcement tomorrow, but from what weve managed to dig out, Zotac will be offering a new ZBOX in the shape of the A75ITX-A as well as a new mini-ITX motherboard called the A75ITX. The motherboard in question will of course be the one fitted insideThe two new host controllers will offer two or four ports the new ZBOX. Zotacs Facebook page managed to give awaydepending on model and Renesas claim that it offers the the fact that were looking at a pair of Gigabit Ethernet portsworlds lowest power consumption when it comes to USB 3.0 as well as eight USB 3.0 ports, but nothing much else washost controllers. This should hopefully mean more interest revealed.from notebook manufacturers, as USB 3.0 is still far from astandard feature even on high-end notebooks. The new chipsare also smaller, at 7x7 or 8x8mm compared to 10x10mm forthe previous generations and Renesas has moved away fromexpensive BGA packaging to more affordable QFN packaging.Add to that a claimed performance increase of 20 percentfor reads and 40 percent for writes and it looks like Renesashas an appealing product on hand. Sadly we didnt see thesekinds of performance boosts in our USB 3.0 host controller As were looking at yet another mini-ITX board from Zotac,roundup in which Renesas kindly lent us a µPD720201 host but as always the company has packed in as many featurescontroller. That said, our SATA 6Gbps bridge combined with as it possibly can. The board has four SATA 6Gbps ports, twoearly drivers are likely part of the issue here, although that is DIMM slots and a single x16 PCI Express slot and this is prettyjust speculation from our side for now. much the norm for a mini-ITX board. However, in typicalWe havent heard anything with regards to motherboard Zotac manner, we find a mini PCI Express slot that houses anmanufacturers picking up the new host controllers from 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi card with Bluetooth 3.0, a pin-header forRenesas, but we have a feeling MSI is in line to move on to two front USB 3.0 ports as well as for two front USB 2.0 ports.something newer and faster, as the company is still using the Around the back is a single PS/2 port, an additional six USBolder models from Renesas on its motherboards. Well simply 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, the Wi-Fi antennas, ahave to wait and see what host controllers the final X79 boards clear CMOS button, 7.1-channel analogue audio jacks with anwill feature, as that should give us a good idea as to who optical S/PDIF out and a DVI and HDMI port. Oddly enoughRenesas new partners are. No official press release have been theres a jumper on the board that allows the user to selectissued as yet, but both models are listed over at the USB-IF as between DVI or D-sub output for the DVI port, a feature wevecertified. never seen before and that of course still requires a converter. 8
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone definitely worthwhile for customers to purchase V4 now. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 (1-User, 1-Year) is going for S$26 while ESET Smart Security 4 (1-User, 1-Year) is going for S$36 on version 2 estore. Bose launches Companion 20 multimedia speaker system in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/bose-launches-companion-20- multimedia-speaker-system-in-singapore/13605.htmlSadly we dont have any details as to what the new ZBOX will September 23rd, 2011look like, as presumably itll be bigger than Zotacs currentmodels due to the more powerful and hotter running CPU. Wecant think of a current ZBOX that would be able to house asuitable cooler, as not even the 65W APUs would work. Assuch were simply going to have to wait and see what Zotaclaunches tomorrow. Fancy looking for a high-quality audio speakers for your PC? Well, Bose has launched their new Companion 20 multimediaFree upgrade to ESET NOD32 speaker systems in Singapore that boast superb performanceAntivirus 5 & Smart Security 5 without the need of a subwoofer. The Bose Companion 20 is now available at authorized retailers.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/free-upgrade-to-eset-nod32-antivirus-5--smart-security-5/13606.htmlSeptember 23rd, 2011 ESET is set to launch NOD32 Antivirus 5 and SmartSecurity 5 in Singapore on 1st October. Meanwhile, customerswho purchase V4 will get FREE upgrade to V5. No pricinginformation is being released at this point of time but it isexpected to cost higher than the current V4. Therefore, it isdefinitely worthwhile for customers to purchase V4 now. ESETNOD32 Antivirus 4 (1-User, 1-Year) is going for S$26 whileESET Smart Security 4 (1-User, 1-Year) is going for S$36on version 2 estore. Atlas Sound & Vision, one of Singapore’s premium audio visual retailer and distributor, has introduced the latest Bose Companion 20 multimedia speaker system, which claims to deliver a new level of performance for two-piece computer speakers. You can enjoy natural sound without the need for a separate subwoofer. The Companion 20 system features a new driver and advanced port to reproduce music across the full frequency range. Each speaker fits neatly to the right and left of a laptop or monitor, with the acoustic image being expanded by a sophisticated implementation of Bose TrueSpace stereo digital signal processing. The perceived soundstage is wide and spacious, even with the speakers’ narrow placement. Additional proprietary digital signal processing and active electronic equalisation ensures accurate sound reproduction. At the highest listening levels, there is no distortion – and when played quietly, music still can be enjoyed with detail andESET is set to launch NOD32 Antivirus 5 and Smart Security realism. The new Companion 20 operation is made easy with5 in Singapore on 1st October. Meanwhile, customers who a small, circular control pod that lets users adjust volume andpurchase V4 will get FREE upgrade to V5. No pricing access one-touch muting. It also offers a headphone jack andinformation is being released at this point of time but it is input for an additional audio source; for example an iPhone,expected to cost higher than the current V4. Therefore, it is iPod or other portable devices. 9
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePricing and AvailabilityThe Bose Companion 20 multimedia speaker system isavailable in silver and retail at S$539 from selected partnersand the Atlas Experience AudioVisual Boutique @ TripleOneSomerset, and Bose @ Millenia Walk.Nikon announces new Nikon 1advanced mirrorless cameraswith interchangeable lensSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-announces-new-nikon-1-advanced-mirrorless-cameras-with-interchangeable-lens/13603.htmlSeptember 23rd, 2011 The Nikon J1 and V1 both feature the new Nikon 1 mount lens system, 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS sensor that supports 10.1- megapixel resolution and high speed EXPEED 3 imaging-If you have been following the news recently, rumors have processing engine. The J1 is about the size of most mainstreamsuggested that Nikon could be announcing new mirrorless compact digital cameras, weighing about 277g (with batterycameras. And today, in Singapore, the word is finally out. and memory card but without body cap), and features dustThe camera maker has officially unveiled their new Nikon 1 shield glass, electronic shutter and pop-up flash.advanced mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lens, J1and V1. The rear holds the 3-inch LCD display, mode dial (still image, Smart Photo Selector, movie and MotionWith other camera manufacturers coming up with their Snapshot) and standard buttons including Display, Playback,mirrorless cameras, it was just a matter of time Nikon would Menu, zoom etc.launch theirs, and launch they did. The Nikon 1 brand is anadvanced camera with interchangeable lens that claims to"propose new forms of imaging expression and enjoyment".The new brand joins the existing Nikon D-series digital SLRcameras and COOLPIX line of compact digital cameras inNikons portfolio. At launch, the company showcased theJ1 with a minimalistic design and five colors (black, white,silver, red and pink) that would appeal to casual users; andthe V1 (in black or white) is designed for photographersenthusiasts and comes with an electronics viewfinder. Withthis announcement, one cant help but wonder if Canon wouldalso be going the mirrorless camera way.*Above pic - the Nikon V1 with the Olympus E-P3 and theOlympus XZ-1 10
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone We noticed that the shooting modes like Programmable, Manual, Aperture and Shutter Priority are not found on the mode dial of both the J1 and V1. Apparently, these modes are located within the onscreen menu options, which can be a slight hassle for photographers who want to access them. Report: AMD FX release date and prices Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-fx-release-date-and- prices/13604.html September 23rd, 2011The Nikon V1 is a little bigger than the J1 sibling and has aprotrusion at the top that houses the electronic viewfinder. It Earlier this month, shopblt.com jumped the gun and listedalso does not have the pop-up flash, although in its place is a AMD FX CPUs for pre-orders (the listing has since beenNikon 1 proprietary hot shoe for other camera accessories such pulled) giving us an idea of prices for the first FX CPUs.as an external flash unit. It would be interesting to see how DonanimHaber now reports prices for the same three SKUs.well the Nikon V1 would sell as compared to the J1, especially The top FX-8150 will purportedly retail for $245, FX-8120 atwhen it does not have a built-in flash for users who may want $205 and FX-6100 at $175. These three CPUs are set to releaseto shoot pictures at dim lighting environment. At press time, on October 12th.the company did not announce the local retail price, and as foravailability, both the J1 and V1 are scheduled to be available in Earlier this month, shopblt.com jumped the gun and listedend October (or later). AMD FX CPUs for pre-orders (the listing has since been pulled) giving us an idea of prices for the first FX CPUs. DonanimHaber now reports prices for the same three SKUs. The top FX-8150 will purportedly retail for $245, FX-8120 at $205 and FX-6100 at $175. These three CPUs are set to release on October 12th. This pegs the FX-8150 somewhere between Core i5 2500K and Core i7 2600K. However, with the Core i7 2700K incoming, the Core i7 2600K might just drop in price to compete with FX-8150. The FX-8120 will directly compete with Core i5 2500(K), while the FX-6100 will directly replace the Phenom II X6 1100T - which features the same number of cores at an identical clock speed - and take on the recently released Core i5 2320. 11
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneQuad-core FX-4100 series CPUs are expected to release later the mobile phone market. Prior to the news of acquisition,in the year, with a family-wide refresh (rumoured to be with Samsung increased its support for other operating systems -a new stepping) expected in Q1 2012. Featuring high clocks the company will be launching three new Bada smartphonesand reasonable prices, FX-4100 series could be an interesting in October.choice for gamers on a budget. Diablo 3 Closed Public BetaSamsung to open source CommencesBada, rely less on Google Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/diablo-3-closed-public-beta-Android commences/13600.html September 23rd, 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-to-open-source-bada-rely-less-on-google-android/13602.htmlSeptember 23rd, 2011 If you have signed up for Blizzards Diablo 3 closed public beta, you may want to check your email now; you could be selected to participate in this game test. As a beta participant, you willWith Google acquiring Motorola, it looks like Korean company get to play as one of the five heroes classes and part of Act ISamsung plans to open source its Bada platform next year. of the game.The move is to get more manufacturers and developers to helpgrow the Bada ecosystem, and also to be less reliant on theAndroid mobile operating system. It was a long wait, but the highly anticipated Diablo III role- playing game from Blizzard may be launched soon. Today, the company has launched their closed public beta for the game, and if you have signed up for it, check your email or log in to your Battle.net account now. You could be the lucky selected participant for the game test.Googles acquisition of Motorola has created a huge impact, According to the email from Blizzard, the selected beta testerespecially to mobile phone makers. And Korean company will get to check out all the five hero classes -- barbarian, witchSamsung is planning to open source its Bada platform doctor, wizard, monk, and demon hunter - and fight his ornext year to garner support from other manufacturers and her way through part of Act I and go head-to-skull againstdevelopers, and to be less reliant on the Android operating the Skeleton King either alone or in cooperative mode withsystem. Although no concrete details is available at press other adventurers. On top of that, the tester will also get totime, Samsung currently has no intention to acquire software meet up with some of the artisans, followers, and other keycompany; not even HPs webOS. characters from Sanctuary, and try out the games skill and crafting systems.Once the Bada platform has been made open-source, mobilephone and set-top box manufacturers are free to use and For those who have signed up for the Diablo 3 closed publicmodify the system, and hopefully attract more developers beta, simply log in to Battle.net and click the "Account" button.to create applications and grow the Bada ecosystem. In If you have been selected, the Diablo III Beta game accountAugust, Google acquired Motorola for US$12.5 billion and should be listed under "Your Game Accounts". And for thiscritics are worried that Motorola would be the search engine group of users, simply verify their age and select the operatinggiants "direct descendant" with priority to the latest version system to download the beta client (Windows or Mac). (Sorryof Android. If Samsung continues to rely too heavily on for those who didnt get selected).Android, it could put the company at a disadvantage in 12
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNvidia unveils fifth core in Kal-ElSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-unveils-fifth-core-in-kal-el/13599.html As such, the companion core has a maximum clock speed ofSeptember 23rd, 2011 500MHz according to a whitepaper that Nvidia also published today. Its still a Cortex-A9 core, but its meant to be a power sipping alternative to the other four cores which will run at XGHz. Nvidia calls this Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing, or vSMP for short. The entire core is also built in low power process technology instead of more performance focused process technology for the other four cores, although were notIn a blog post, Nvidia unveiled that its upcoming Tegra SoC entirely sure how Nvidia has managed to pull this one off, ascurrently codenamed Kal-El is not a quad core CPU but rather its generally not possible to mix and match process technologya quintuple core CPU. That said, the fifth core is quite different inside a chip.to the first four and its apparently also patented. The companion core also means lower power consumption in standby mode, as the four main cores are all switched off and only the companion core is active. The only thing that isntIn a blog post, Nvidia unveiled that its upcoming Tegra SoC very clear is how Nvidia handles the switching between thecurrently codenamed Kal-El is not a quad core CPU but rather companion core and the other four cores, as the companiona quintuple core CPU. That said, the fifth core is quite different core cant be enabled at the same time as any of the four mainto the first four and its apparently also patented. cores. The whitepaper mentions that the L2 cache is sharedNvidia has put a really interesting twist on things by adding between the companion core and the main cores and as suchwhat it calls a "companion core". You might think that this there should be little to no noticeable lag for the user whenmeans its meant to handle various things that the main cores core switching takes place.shouldnt have to be bothered with, but this isnt quite thecase. Instead, the companion core will take over the entiredevice when simple tasks such as audio and video playback,web browsing (basic web pages) or other similar things thatdoesnt require the power of the four main cores. Nvidia is also making some bold claims with regards to power savings compared to its current dual core Tegra 2 SoC. Even at 40nm, Nvidia claims that Kal-El is some 14 to 61 percent more 13
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonepower efficient thanks to vSMP. The biggest power savingnumbers comes from HD video playback, with the smallestgain being during music playback. The company goes on tomake claims of being two to three times more power efficientthat its competitors, although that is of course current models,in this case from TI and Qualcomm.If youre interesting in reading up on the power saving benefitsof Kal-El we suggest you head over to the blog post linkedbelow and check out the whitepapers for yourself. Itll beinteresting to see how Nvidias competitors respond to this,but it seems like a very logical way forward, especially inmobile devices that spend a lot of their time in idle mode, or atleast most of their time running at far lower speeds than whattodays and tomorrows SoCs are capable of. The phone itself feels solid, but also quite heavy for its size at 130g, especially as it only has a 3.7-inch Super LCD screen, albeit with WVGA (800x480) resolution. Were not quite sureHTC Rhyme first impression what HTC tried to do when they designed the Rhyme, but itSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-rhyme-first-impression/13597.html only has a power button and a volume rocker and a dedicatedSeptember 23rd, 2011 camera button wouldve been a useful addition. The micro USB port is hidden behind a flap, although this flap is part of the rear cover and its fiddly to open and close. Behind the rear cover youll find the easily accessible SIM card and microSD card slots, but oddly enough, the battery is not removable. A quick breakdown of the specs include a 1GHz single core Qualcomm processor, 768MB of RAM and 4GB of built inThe HTC Rhyme is something of a delicate matter, as its HTCs storage, although only about 1GB is available for the user. Youfirst phone that is said to have been designed with a female do of course get features like 8021.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetoothaudience in mind, yet it comes in dull colours and look quite 3.0 and GPS as well. The rear 5 Megapixel camera is meant toa lot like every other HTC handset weve seen so far. Sure, its have a back side illuminated sensor and a 28mm F2.2 lens andnot black, but its unlikely to set anyones world on fire in terms although its better than most phone cameras, it cant competeof look and feel. So what makes this handset so special then? with higher-end phones in terms of quality. Theres also a frontWell, were not quite sure to be honest, but click on through mounted camera for video calls and the rear camera has anfor our first impression of HTCs latest handset. LED flash.The HTC Rhyme has a pair of unusual features, the first oneis the charm indicator which is short is an LED at the end ofa wire and the other being a “wireless” charger dock. Ok, somaybe were being a bit blunt about it, but the charm indicatorreally is just that, a small LED in some plastic attached to awire that connects to the headphone socket. The LED will thenpulsate to let you know find your phone when lost in yourhandbag or flash when you have an incoming call. We shouldalso point out that the charm indicator cant be plugged in atthe same time as the headset.The wireless charger doesnt rely on some fancy inductioncharger technology; instead it has a small row of connectors atthe back of the phone which interface with the dock and thuscharges the battery. HTC is also bundling a Bluetooth headsetas well as a wired headset with flat cables (not by Beats Audio),a Bluetooth car speaker (quite an unusual accessory) and anarm pouch for the phone for when you take it with you on ajog. Sadly we didnt get a chance to play with the accessories In use the HTC Rhyme feels snappy enough, although theand its possible that the bundle will differ between markets. HTC Sense 3.5 UI means that a lot of things have been moved around, so users of other HTC Android phones will have to re- familiarize themselves a bit. The most obvious change is that the little bar on the bottom is now gone in lieu of a pair of circles, one which access the apps and one for the phone menu. The personalize settings can be found inside the options menu. HTC has also come up with a new widget called Shortcuts and Clock and it adds five shortcuts on the left hand side of the 14
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonescreen, all of which can be customized, alongside a clock andcurrent weather conditions. Jabra showcases new rangeHTC has also thrown in FriendStream, its Locations app, HTC of Bluetooth headsetsDeals, HTC Listen, Facebook, Twitter and a few other more or Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/jabra-showcases-new-range-of-less useful apps as standard. The supplied desktop wallpapers bluetooth-headsets/13595.htmlare also quite nice, but some logic is missing in terms of how September 23rd, 2011some of the HTC specific apps and settings work. We alsodidnt notice any female specific apps, although were not quitesure what these would be in the first place. This afternoon, Jabra showcased their latest range of Bluetooth music products including Jabra Street2, Jabra Halo2 and Jabra Sport, as well as high-end Bluetooth headset, Jabra Supreme, in Singapore. The Jabra Halo2 and Street2 are already available, while the Jabra Sport and Jabra Supreme will be available in October. This afternoon, the media is treated to a showcase of the latest range of Bluetooth products by Jabra Singapore which include (from left) the Jabra Halo2, Jabra Street2, Jabra Sport and Jabra Supreme. The Jabra Halo2 has a foldable design and feature AM3D Virtual Surround Sound and Power Bass for an enhanced listening experience, while the Jabra Street2The time we spent using the Rhyme didnt convince us that lets users enjoy their favourite audio tracks wirelessly, withoutthere was anything specific about the handset that would having to worry about missing a single voice call. The Jabramake it appeal to a female audience, instead its just another Sport is rain-resistant, shock-resistant and dust-resistant,Smartphone from HTC that doesnt really stand out from the which is ideal for active music lovers who are into sports andcrowd. The Rhyme is by no means a bad phone, but if you outdoor activities. Last but not least, the Jabra Supreme is theget it on a two year contract today, by the time that contract high-end Bluetooth headset with Active Noise Cancellation,is up, its going to have close to a budget category handset. Noise Blackout and Wind-Noise reduction technologies thatPrice wise the Rhyme will retail in the US for $199 (S$250) provide great clarity during conversation.on contract, although weve also seen mentions of Europeanpricing without a contract at €479 (S$827) which is simply justtoo much for this handset, despite the accessory bundle. Assuch we can only conclude that the Rhyme feels like it offerstoo little, is too unfocused and is arriving too late to make anykind of impact. 15
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Jabra Sport comes in both wired and wireless versions,and you can get it in any color as long as it is yellow. Thecompany did mention that it may release other colors for theJabra Sport in future. The Jabra Sport will be retailing in storesin early October - S$148 for the Jabra Sport wireless version; Theis Mørk, senior product manager of the mobile division inS$168 for the Jabra Sport wireless version (Made for iPhone, Jabra (based in Denmark) was also present to introduce theiPad and iPod); S$98 for Jabra Sport wired version and also features of the companys new offerings.the wired version (Made for iPhone, iPad and iPod). Kensington Delivers Physical Security for iPad 2 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kensington-delivers-physical-security- for-ipad-2/13596.html September 23rd, 2011 Kensington, the company that invented the Kensington Slot that has long become synonymous with cabled security for laptops, has just announced its new family of SecureBack Security Cases for the iPad 2. Designed to secure Apples 2nd- generation tablet in public places, the Kensington SecureBackJonathan Tang, managing director, APAC Mobile for Jabra, Security Case features a unique three-piece design with agave a brief overview of the company and talked about how patent-pending rail system that snaps into place to quickly andJabra is doing. "2011 is a good year for us as we see explosive easily protect the iPad against theft.growth pretty much everywhere in the region including According to Kensington, the SecureBack Case was designedAustralia and India. Mobile devices and technology platforms as a first line of defense for an iPad-toting workforce, with aare changing, becoming more stylish, pervasive and easy to unique design that preserves its slim form factor. Moreover,use. At the same time, you have abundant content available the case provides full access to the iPad 2s ports, speaker, andincluding cloud, social music and all kinds of entertainment cameras.and educational that is becoming more needed and accessibleby the consumers. With more devices and content, users may There are two main models of the SecureBack Security Case:own more than two mobile devices. And these devices need Kensington SecureBack Security Case (with ClickSafe Lock)handsfree communication," Tang said. 16
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Apple to launch two new iPhone models? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-to-launch-two-new-iphone- models-/13594.html September 23rd, 2011The Kensington SecureBack Security Case features a one-click security packaged in a sleek form factor suitable for With the iPhone 5 launch date drawing closer, it is inevitablehandheld use. An adjustable slider bar allows quick access to to see more news (and rumors) about the upcoming fifththe ClickSafe Security Anchor for easy security. This model generation iPhone. Mark Moskowitz, an analyst from JPis "ClickSafe ready" and can be purchased with or without the Morgan, said that Apple will be launching two new iPhones,ClickSafe Lock. with one of them being a higher-end version that will support GSM and CDMA.The Kensington SecureBack Security Case with 2-way Stand(& ClickSafe Lock)Similar to the SecureBack Security Case, the KensingtonSecureBack Security Case with 2-way Stand incorporates anadditional 2-way extendable stand with the flexibility foreither landscape or portrait mode. This model is "ClickSafe Moskowitz said that the upcoming iPhone will support GSMready" and can be purchased with or without the ClickSafe and CDMA, but not 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE), and thatLock. the iPhone 5 will be slimmer and lighter. Apple will also unveil the upgrade model of the iPhone 4 with a lower price tag and could be named iPhone 4+ or iPhone 4s. On top of that, theThe ClickSafe Lock is another Kensington invention that iPhone shipment will also rise in this quarter. Ending the thirdallows the lock to be clipped into place without any quarter in June, iPhone has reached 228 carriers which iscumbersome aligning or twisting common to the original an increase of 42 from last quarter, and shipments exceedingKensington Slot design. 20 million. With the joining of Sprint-Nextel, as well as the upgraded model of the iPhone 4 that would be sold in China,Brian Baltezore, Senior Global Product Manager at Apple is expected to increase their shipment in Q4 this year.Kensington observed in a statement: "Tablet users needsecurity that will complement, not hinder, their use of the iPad.SecureBack is a design that truly pays respect to the tablets QNAP unveils two new modelsstyle and functionality, so that when an iPad user inevitablydoes have to walk away from their device, they can do so with for its Business Series Turboconfidence." NAS LineThe Kensington SecureBack Security Case line of products is Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/qnap-unveils-two-new-models-for-its-currently available for pre-order direct from Kensington.com business-series-turbo-nas-line/13593.htmland major retailers. September 23rd, 2011 17
  • September 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneStorage company QNAP Systems has enhanced its BusinessSeries of Turbo NAS line with two new models for up to 24TBof storage capacity in a single unit. The more powerful TS-EC879U-RP is powered by a quad-core Intel Xeon Processorwith 4GB DDR3 ECC RAM and 4x Gigabit LAN ports, whilethe TS-879U-RP has a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor with2GB DDR3 RAM and 2x Gigabit LAN ports.Both models are 2U rackmount units with hot-swappable slotsfor eight disk drives, which can be 6Gbps 3.5-inch SATAhard disk drives or 2.5-inch solid-state drives. With an eyetowards enterprise-grade reliability, both the TS-EC879U-RPand TS-879U-RP NAS come with redundant power supply andtwo expansion slots for storage and network expansion. Bothmodels are backed with a 3 year warranty and optional 10GbE Developed by Sony Online Entertainment, DC Universenetworking for up to 1,000MB/sec and 100,000 IOPS of data Online is a massive multiplayer (MMO) game whereby playersthroughput. get to choose to be virtual heroes or villains, as well as a mentor for their character - from Superman, Batman and WonderA large number RAID configurations are supported under the Woman for heroes, and Lex Luthor and The Joker for villains.hood, such as RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 6, 5+ hot spare, 6+ hot spare, DC Universe Online was released in January as a monthly10+ hot spare, single disk and JBOD. With Global Hot Spare, subscription-based game (US$15 a month), but it looks like thea spare drive can be assigned to automatically replace a failed company has decided to make it free-to-play, starting Octoberdrive on any RAID volume for data rebuilding. Supported next month.environments include file sharing in mixed Windows, Mac,Linux and UNIX, as well as private cloud storage and for high- The market for MMO games is extremely competitive and itperformance computing applications. is tough for traditional MMO to compete with free-to-play social games including Mafia Wars and Maple Story that profitIn addition, QNAP says the two NAS models are ideal from selling virtual items and power-ups. Sony said it will offerfor virtual server environments using iSCSI, and has been three tiers of service for DC Universe Online — free, premiumcertified to be VMware Ready, Citrix XenServer Ready and and legendary. The free tier comes with limits on how manyWindows Hyper-V compliant. characters and items players can hold in their inventory;"QNAPs new lineup designed for high-end SMB delivers premium access gives players slightly more capacity. Andstunning performance with optional 10 GbE card and those who continue to pay US$15 a month will get maximumcomprehensive business features at competitive prices to features.fulfill the growing needs of efficient storage solutions for high-end SMBs," said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP in astatement."Redundant power supplies are provided on all new modelsto ensure continuous system up-time," Tsao added. "TheTS-EC879U-RP with ECC RAM further enhances systemreliability."Both the TS-EC879U-RP and TS-879U-RP are now shipping.DC Universe Online will befree to play from OctoberSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dc-universe-online-will-be-free-to-play-from-october/13592.htmlSeptember 23rd, 2011Gamers who are also fans of DC comic superheroes wouldknow the Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) game , DCUniverse Online. Released early this year with a monthlysubscription fee, online sources reported that the popular DCUniverse Online will be free to play from October. (Hooray!) 18
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.Kindle Fire Tablet unveiled :Amazon tries to take thetablet market by storm.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kindle-fire-tablet-unveiled--amazon-tries-to-take-the-tablet-market-by-storm./13663.htmlSeptember 28th, 2011 Amazon Kindle Touch Amazon Kindle The price and value are unbelievably low but will the Kindle Fire manage to take the market by storm? We honestly doubt it. Yes, it grants access to a ludicrous database of books,Amazon unveiled today in New York their new Kindle Fire 7- movies, audio files and God-knows-what-else but the tabletinch display tablet which runs a customized version of Android runs a customized version of Android highly dissimilar to theand has a dual core processor. The new tablet is available for one users are accustomed to lacks a huge number of featurespre-order for an amazingly low price of 199$ USD and will start available on other, albeit far more expensive models. Forshipping on the 15th of November. Amazons CEO, Jeff Bezos, example, there is no camera, no microphone and there is no 3Gstated "Were making millions of these", clearly expressing the model. It may offer access to a large database of video contentcompanys aim to dominate in the low-end (value) segment of but most users would rather watch their movies on a muchthe market. Amazon also released... larger screen, or at least on a 10 inch tablet which is no less than 45% larger.Amazon unveiled today in New York their new Kindle Fire 7-inch display tablet which runs a customized version of Android Is it a great value? It definitely is. But we doubt that it is goingand has a dual core processor. The new tablet is available for to halt the sales of premium models, such as the iPad, thepre-order for an amazingly low price of 199$ USD and will start Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom; many more subshipping on the 15th of November. Amazon also released three 249$ USD 7" tablets (such as the Nook Color, Huawei S7 andmore Kindle models, the Kindle Touch (99$ USD sponsored the Archos Arnova) were already available ever since a yearversion, 139$ USD without ads), Kindle Touch 3G (149$ USD ago, none of them had any impact on the ever-growing salessponsored version, 189$ USD without ads) and the Kindle of the premium tablets.(79$ USD sponsored version, 109$ USD without ads). NVIDIA sampling Kepler - GK107 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-sampling-kepler-- gk107/13662.html September 28th, 2011 Amazon Kindle Fire NVIDIA has engineering samples out for its first chip based on the next-gen Kepler architecture. The chip is the same as revealed by SemiAccurate last week - GK107. As suggested by the nomenclature, this isnt the flagship GK100 we are all waiting for. Instead, NVIDIA is executing a bottom-to-top release, first releasing a smaller chip, GK107, which will find its way into notebooks. 1
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNVIDIA has engineering samples out for its first chip based Its easy to forget that Sapphire makes motherboards, ason the next-gen Kepler architecture. The chip is the same as the company isnt exactly making a lot of noise about itsrevealed by SemiAccurate last week - GK107. As suggested motherboard products. The company has sneaked out yetby the nomenclature, this isnt the flagship GK100 we are another new model and this time were looking at its secondall waiting for. Instead, NVIDIA is executing a bottom-to-top AMD A75 motherboard, the Pure Platinum A75P. This isrelease, first releasing a smaller chip, GK107, which will find a lower-end version to the Pure Platinum A75, although itits way into notebooks. does seem to have a couple of advantages over its higher-end sibling.GK107 is set to feature in four mobile GeForce SKUs - N13P-LP, N13P-GS, N13P-GT and N13E-GE. If these codenames Its all a bit of a head scratcher, as the Pure Platinum A75Psound familiar, it is because they have previously appeared in appears to have more power phases, but it might just be usinga leaked 28nm mobile GPU line-up. GK107 features a 128-bit a different PWM layout, it has more PCI Express x1 slots, itmemory interface, and supports DDR3 and GDDR5 memory. has a second x16 PCI Express slot and its got six SATA portsThe first three GK107 based SKUs (with a "P" suffix) will likely So ok, the x16 slot still only gets four lanes from the chipsetsucceed the GeForce GT 500M series, and will presumably be and the additional x1 PCI Express slot is most likely going tobranded GeForce GT 600M series. The top GK107 part, N13E- be blocked by the graphics card if one is installed, but theseGE, may succeed GTX 560M and be part of the GTX 600M are still features wed expected to see on the high-end model,series, as denoted by the "E" suffix (Enthusiast). In addition, rather than the mid-range one.GK107 will also be part of mobile Quadro SKUs - N14P-Q1 andN14P-Q3.GK107 marks the first time NVIDIA has moved to a newprocess and a new architecture simultaneously in a long time- mostly due to the cancelation of TSMCs 32nm process.NVIDIAs transition to TSMCs 40nm process featured abottom-to-top strategy as well, with smaller GT21x shrinksleading up to the big Fermi dies. However, this is the first timethat NVIDIA is releasing a new generation of GPUs with amainstream part. Between reports of AMDs next-gen GPUsbeing pushed back to 2012 to now NVIDIA starting off with asmall die, all evidence points towards the same conclusion -TSMCs 28nm process is promising to be just as troublesomeas the infamous 40nm (if not more so).GK107 engineering samples are out now, with productionsamples due in January 2012 if all goes well. Unfortunately,there is no news about the more exciting Kepler chips, andthere are no signs of them appearing in GeForce GPUs anytime soon.Sapphire launches its secondAMD A75 motherboardSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sapphire-launches-its-second-amd-a75-motherboard/13661.htmlSeptember 28th, 2011 Plenty of things are missing though, as the Pure Platinum A75P only has two DIMM slots, but this is hardly a major issue with the price of 4GB DIMMs these days. The mini PCI Express slotIts easy to forget that Sapphire makes motherboards, as is also missing, but considering that this is a mostly uselessthe company isnt exactly making a lot of noise about its feature on a desktop motherboard, we dont see this as a bigmotherboard products. The company has sneaked out yet deal either. The Marvell network controller has been swappedanother new model and this time were looking at its second for a cheaper model from Realtek, although on the upside,AMD A75 motherboard, the Pure Platinum A75P. This is Sapphire has moved the various buttons on the motherboarda lower-end version to the Pure Platinum A75, although it to the front of the PCB rather than putting them below thedoes seem to have a couple of advantages over its higher-end bottom PCI slot.sibling. Having a look at the rear ports its clear that a feature thinning has taken place, although there are still four USB 2.0 ports, 2
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonetwo USB 3.0 ports (with an additional two via an internal pin-header), a PS/2 port, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel audio anda D-sub, DVI (single link only) and HDMI port. Its a shamethat the DisplayPort had to make room for a D-sub connectorand the Bluetooth dongle of the Pure Platinum A75 was a neataddition, although wed rather have the extra internal SATAport over the eSATA port.A new feature has also been added which Sapphire calls the"Memory Free button" but we have to be honest and say thatwe have no idea what this does and there are no details aboutwhat it does on Sapphires website either. Overall this looks The distinction between consumer-grade and business-gradelike a decent enough product if the price is right, but once notebooks have blurred over the years, and for goodagain Sapphire hasnt really managed to create something that reason. Thanks to technological advancements in computermakes it stand out from the competition. No word on pricing design and hardware, most OEMs are now able to toutor availability as yet, so its really quite hard to say how well their consumer-grade offerings boasting nigh-equal levels ofthe Pure Platinum A75P will do. Sapphire is also working on a stability and robustness, while business notebooks have beenpair of AMD A55 models and at least one AM3+ board, but we given design overhauls to make them appear more sleek andhave no word on as to when these will be announced. sophisticated to potential business users. However, this also has an unintended result of leaving OEMsLenovo Thinkpad X1 notebook in a quandary of sorts. If consumer notebooks, which typically offer more computing and graphical horsepower for theirreview: Thin and flat is where buck, now boast stability similar to business notebooks, logic should dictate that cost-conscious business users will attemptit is at to maximize their dollars by opting for the former. And fromSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-notebook-review- the looks of it, Lenovo appears to be trying to avoid suchthin-and-flat-is-where-it-is-at/13346.html a situation by making the business notebook relevant again,September 28th, 2011 especially if the release of its new ThinkPad X1 laptop is of any indication. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 laptop PC hardware specifications Processor Intel Core i5-2220M clockedUltrathin notebooks are the dreams of every style-conscious at 2.5GHz (3.2GHz underconsumer, and for good reason. Boasting extremely portable TurboBoost)packages and designs that would make just about anybody Chipset Intel QM67 Chipsetswoon over, it would seem that there is nothing which Graphics Card Integrated Intel HD Graphicsthe ultraportable notebook cannot achieve (safe for top- 2000notch performance levels). And leave it to Lenovo to take Display 13.3-inch HD Super Brightultraportable mobile business computing to the next level with LCD screen (1366 x 768) withthe introduction of the ThinkPad X1 notebook, which we have integrated cameraput to the test in this review to see how it holds up for business Operating System Windows 7 Professional (x64users. version) Memory 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 4GB DIMM) Hard Disk capacity 256GB Intel SSDSA2M160G2LE solid state drive Battery 4-cell built-in lithium-ion battery pack 3
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLogitech announces newlineup of wireless headsets inSingaporeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-announces-new-lineup-of-wireless-headsets-in-singapore/13660.htmlSeptember 28th, 2011Logitech has unveiled their new wireless headsets -H800, H600, and wireless headset for Apple iPad users inSingapore. The new range of wireless headsets are designedto offer comfort, flexibility and enhanced experience. With The Logitech Wireless Headset H600 allows users to makebatteries that can last up to six hours, the headsets feature wireless audio for calls and listen to their favorite musiclaser-tuned equalizers and tiny nano receivers for users are from the PC. It comes with laser-tuned drivers that minimizeenabled to enjoy their music in comfort and ease. distortion so that you can enjoy clear calls and stereo sound, while the noise-canceling microphone reduces background noise. The H600 also has a rechargeable battery lets you listen and chat for up to six hours, lets you move up to 10 metres away from your computer, and it also folds like sunglasses for easy storage.Logitech has introduced three new wireless headsets thatboast crisp audio that can be enjoyed comfortably for hours.The Logitech Wireless Headset is compatible with the AppleiPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and other Bluetooth devices, withup to 10 metres from your device. The headset features laser-tuned drivers that provide rich stereo audio while minimizing The Logitech Wireless Headset H800 with laser-tuned driversdistortion, which is great for music, videos, games and calls. and built-in equalizer give you rich digital stereo, and a noise-The rechargeable battery lets you listen and chat for up to canceling microphone that can reduce background noise. It issix hours. The headset has adjustable headband and foam ear easy to connect to your computer, tablets and smartphonescups, and can be fold ed easily like a pair of sunglasses for and has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to six hours. Theconvenience of storage. H800 also offers padded headband and ear cups to keep you comfortable. The Logitech Wireless Headset is expected to be available in Singapore in mid October at a suggested retail price of S $99. The Logitech Wireless Headset H600 is expected to be available in mid October at S$79, while the Logitech Wireless Headset H800 is available now at S$149. 4
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone If you are looking to purchase a new Blu-ray player, check outIntel, Samsung and Linux Philips latest offerings - BDP9600, BDP5200 and BDP3200.groups collaborate to develop Available in retail stores now, all three players claim to offer full high definition entertainment experience you need in yourTizen platform for phones living room.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-samsung-and-linux-groups-collaborate-to-develop-tizen-platform-for-phones/13659.htmlSeptember 28th, 2011It looks like Samsung may have another trick up its sleeves.It was just last week that the Korean manufacturer said thatit plans to open source their Bada platform to rely less onAndroid operating system. And it looks like the company iscollaborating with Intel and Linux groups to develop a newLinux software for the phones. The Philips’ new range of Blu-ray players - BDP9600, BDP5200 and BDP3200 - promises convenience for users to watch their favorite movies in virtually any popular format available in the market today at the comfort of their home. The players support all commonly-used formats including BD Video, BD-ROM and High Definition video formats such as DivXPlus HD and AVCHD. These media files can be conveniently accessed using the High Speed USB 2.0 port located at the front of these players. With the BD-Live function in the top-end models,you can enjoy up-to-date versions of exciting content provided by Philips, just by connecting to the Internet. Your Philips Blu- ray player can also be updated automatically when connected,According to Reuters, two Linux software groups have come and the built-in Wi-Fi on these players will give you access totogether to develop a new platform for phones and other a world of entertainment. Additionally, the Philips BDP9600devices in collaboration with Intel and Samsung. Known as and BDP5200 are DLNA certified, which means you canTizen, the new platform is developed to attract developers connect them to your home network to stream videos, musicand manufacturer support to compete with Apple iOS and and photos from your computers wirelessly.Google Android mobile operating system. The Tizen platform Philips BDP3200is open-source software platform that supports multiple The Philips BDP3200 offers a full high definition (HD) viewingdevices including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks experience with sharp images in full HD 1080p to give youand in-vehicle "infotainment" systems. The initial release cinema-quality images. It also presents near-HD images foris planned for the Q1 of 2012 next year, while the first DVD videos withup-scaling to 1080p via HDMI. The BDP3200devices incorporating the Tizen platform are expected to come is Wi-Fi ready, and users can also view their favorite videosto market in mid 2012. For Samsung, this would be a new on YouTube by connecting their Philips Blu-ray player to theplatform in addition to their offerings of Windows Phone 7, Internet.Android and Bada mobile operating system.Philips launches BDP9600,BDP5200 and BDP3200 Blu-rayplayersSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/philips-launches-bdp9600-bdp5200-and-bdp3200-blu-ray-players/13658.htmlSeptember 28th, 2011 5
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePhilips BDP5200 launch of their long-awaited Windows Phone 7.5 (formerly codenamed "Mango"). The update for existing WindowsThe Philips BDP5200 supports Blu-ray 3D Disc playback to Phone 7 will begin today and available to most customers byoffer viewers a full HD 3D experience at home. For viewers end of October. HTC and Samsung were also at the event towho like their pictures blown up big, the BDP5200 offers unveil their new phones based on Windows Phone 7.5 - HTCa widescreen experience without any missing subtitles. It Radar and Samsung Omnia W.is also DivX Plus HD Certified which offers the latest inDivX technology to let you enjoy HD videos and moviesfrom the Internet direct to your Philips HD TV or PC. TheBDP5200 also comes with build-in Wireless-N for fasterwireless performance and offers DTS-HD Master Audio andDolbyTrueHD to deliver 7.1-channel audio.Philips BDP9600This top-of-the-line Philips BDP9600 Blu-ray Disc playeris not only sleek and stylish, but it also comeswith 3D functionality and offers spectacular audio-visualentertainment for a full HD 3D experience at home.The BDP9600 also features TI Burr-Brown Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs) which offers high-quality audioreproduction by capturing more information from the originalanalog sound wave form to offer a much richer soundperformance. Viewers can enjoy video on-demand with Net TVthat allows them to enjoy movies,pictures, infotainment andother online content directly on to their TV viatheir PhilipsBlu-ray Disc player.The Philips BDP3200, BDP5200 and BDP9600 Blu-rayplayers are available now at all leading electronics retailers atS$249, S$299 and S$699 respectively. Samsung and HTC are the only partners at the Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 launch event this morning. The TaiwaneseWindows Phone 7.5 officially manufacturer unveiled the HTC Radar which has an aluminium unibody, features 3.8-inch touchscreen displaylaunched in Singapore; and 5-megapixel rear camera. The HTC Radar also comes with the proprietary HTC Hub, which offers applications andSamsung Omnia W to retail in utilities such as weather and stocks application, and HTCQ4 Watch that allows users to discover the latest video content. The HTC Radar is scheduled to retail in October at a suggestedSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/windows-phone-7.5-officially- retail price of S$569.launched-in-singapore-samsung-omnia-w-to-retail-in-q4/13657.htmlSeptember 28th, 2011Good news to users who are using Windows Phone 7. Thismorning, Microsoft Singapore has officially announced the 6
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone John Fernandes, marketing and operations director of Microsoft Singapore, introduced the new Windows Phone 7.5 and talked about the features the new version brings. "About a year ago, we launched Windows Phone 7 which we started afresh. It gave a new set of experiences and our approach towards the mobile platform. Over that year, we listened to our customers, users and partners, and we got some good feedback. Microsoft thinks in terms of the Windows ecosystem - PC, phone and web coming together. And so, Windows Phone 7.5 is a key point in our overall strategy here and globally. With the launch of Windows Phone 7.5, we also opened up the Marketplace. And today we have over 30,000 applications in the Marketplace" said Fernandes. Acer launches the Aspire S3 inThe Samsung Omnia W has a smaller 3.7-inch Super AMOLEDtouchscreen, compared to the HTC Radar. The Omnia W hasa metallic finish and is equipped with a 1.4GHz processor. TaiwanSamsung has also included their exclusive apps such as Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/acer-launches-the-aspire-s3-in-Samsung AllShare which offers seamless content transfer taiwan/13656.htmlbetween smartphone and other DLNA-enabled devices, and September 28th, 2011upgraded Samsung eBook client for your ebook readingpleasure. With Windows Phone 7.5, you can access themultitask screen, though it only shows up to five applications.Theres also no option to close the application. The SamsungOmnia W will retail next month at S$498 (inclusive of GST)without line contract. The Windows Phone 7.5 update forexisting Windows Phone 7 will begin today and available tomost customers by end of October Acer isnt resting on its laurels and the company might very well be the first of Intels Ultrabook partners to get a product into the market with the Aspire S3 which officially launched in Taiwan today. It looks like Acer decided to keep things simple with only two SKUs, at least in the Taiwanese market. VR- Zone was of course on location at the launch event to get an early hands-on with the new Ultrabook from Acer. Acer isnt resting on its laurels and the company might very well be the first of Intels Ultrabook partners to get a product into the market with the Aspire S3 which officially launched in Taiwan today. It looks like Acer decided to keep things simple with only two SKUs, at least in the Taiwanese market. VR- Zone was of course on location at the launch event to get an early hands-on with the new Ultrabook from Acer. 7
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone disappointed, as one of the selling points of Ultrabooks was better battery life, something the Aspire S3 doesnt have. Price wise the Aspire S3 will launch at NT$34,900 (S$1,479/ US$1,149) with the 320GB hard drive, a fair bit more than Intels US$999 sweet spot. The 240GB SSD model is of course even pricier at NT$44,900 (S$1,900/US$1,475). The question is how well this will compare with competing products, especially Asus UX31 which features a higher resolution 1600x900 display. Overall we cant say that were blown away by Acers first stab at an Ultrabook as theres really very little go get excited about.The Aspire S3 didnt strike us as a revolutionary product,instead it came across more as a next generation TimeLineXnotebook that shed some of its bulk, but with the tradeoff beingoverall lower performance. The keyboard is nearly identicalto the current TimeLineX notebooks which means that werelooking at a chiclet type keyboard. One huge improvement(pun intended) is the massive trackpad, as the TimeLineXseries has suffered from tiny and almost unusable trackpads.In as much as the Aspire S3 is a very slim and lightweightnotebook at 13mm thin and 1.35kg, we cant understand whyit still has the same fat screen bezel as the first generationTimeLineX notebooks, it really ruins the overall looks of thenotebook.Feature wise were looking at a Core i5-2467M ULV processorwhich is clocked at 1.6GHz , but which will turbo up to 2.3GHz.It comes paired up with a single 4GB stick of memory and itdoesnt seem to be any simple way of upgrading this, as wellas either a 7mm 320GB hard drive or a 240GB SSD. The 13.3-inch screen is a standard, glossy, 1366x768 affair, so nothingto get excited about here. The connectivity options are alsofairly meager with two USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port aswell as 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0+HS. The onlyother features are a 1.3Megapixel webcam, a memory cardreader and a single combined headphone/mic jack. The 3-cellbattery will keep the weight down, but with a rated 6h batterylife for the hard drive model and 7h for the SSD model, were 8
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The DZ68ZV is in actual fact using the same PCB as the DP67BG motherboard, something that keeps R&D costs at a minimum and you can get a product out in the market quickly. If youve been following the motherboard market this year,Intel launches new Z68 you might know that Gigabyte did something similar whenmotherboards, more to come the Z68 chipset launched to get motherboards with the new chipset out in the market quickly. However, in the case of theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-launches-new-z68-motherboards- DZ68ZV were close to five months on from the launch and itmore-to-come/13655.html feels like Intel had decided to just throw together a productSeptember 28th, 2011 thats slightly more appealing than its P67 equivalent.When it comes to its own brand motherboards Intel have beenvery quiet since the Sandy Bridge launch and the companyhas quietly slipped out two new Z68 models with anothertwo coming in about a months time. The two currentlyavailable models are the DZ68BC and the DZ68ZV, with thetwo upcoming models being the DZ68PL and the DZ68AF. Inan interesting turn of events, it looks like Intel is also gettingready to add support for its Smart Response SSD cachingtechnology to some of its P67 models.When it comes to its own brand motherboards Intel have beenvery quiet since the Sandy Bridge launch and the companyhas quietly slipped out two new Z68 models with anothertwo coming in about a months time. The two currently The DZ68BC is what wed call Intels first high-end Z68 andavailable models are the DZ68BC and the DZ68ZV, with the in fact, it is Intels second Z68 board. It carries the skulltwo upcoming models being the DZ68PL and the DZ68AF. In logo that signifies that its part of Intels Extreme series ofan interesting turn of events, it looks like Intel is also getting motherboards, although were not sure its all that extreme.ready to add support for its Smart Response SSD caching Sadly we didnt manage to find a good quality picture of thetechnology to some of its P67 models. board, so youll have to make do with what we managed to dig up. Even though this board didnt blow our minds, its a muchLets start with the DZ68ZV, a peculiar board to say the least, more impressive board than the DZ68DB which was Intelsespecially as Intel has been busy pushing the merits of graphics first and for a very long time, only, Z68 motherboards.support combined with overclocking as one of the majorfeatures of the Z68 chipset. Well, the DZ68ZV doesnt have What we have is a pretty standard looking motherboard withany display connectivity, nor does it seem to have the extra a pair of x16 slots, where the secondary slot runs in x8 modepower phases in place that are needed to take advantage of its when enabled, two x1 PCI Express slots and three PCI slots.Quick Sync technology, something weve seen on a few other The board appears completely littered with components andZ68 boards that lacked display connectivity. This seems like a it looks quite messy. In addition to the two SATA 6Gbps portsvery strange move by Intel, but theres an easy explanation for and four SATA 3Gbps ports, Intel has added a second pair ofit all, Intel did a Gigabyte. Let us explain what we mean by that. SATA 6Gbps ports via what we presume is a Marvell controller. There are several pin-headers that add eight USB 2.0 ports, 9
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonetwo USB 3.0 ports and a single FireWire port. The board also seem to be the next common standard, the current limit of thefeatures power and reset buttons as well as a POST80 debug Wi-Fi standard. TP-Link is now finally joining the part withLED. its TL-WR2543ND, rather than the TL-WR2843ND which we spotted back at Computex in early June. Its the companys first dual-band router, but it has a slight drawback compared to the TL-WR2843ND. Wireless routers are a dime a dozen these days, but were quickly moving towards faster devices and 450Mbps routers seem to be the next common standard, the current limit of the Wi-Fi standard. TP-Link is now finally joining the part with its TL-WR2543ND, rather than the TL-WR2843ND which we spotted back at Computex in early June. Its the companys first dual-band router, but it has a slight drawback compared to the TL-WR2843ND.The rear I/O consists of six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0ports, an eSATA port, a FireWire port, a Gigabit Ethernetport, 7.1-channel analogue audio with optical S/PDIF out, aDisplayPort, DVI and HDMI port and clear CMOS button. Foran Intel board this isnt half bad and Intel also throws in a USBWi-Fi and Bluetooth module and a copy of LucidLogix Virtusoftware for good measure. The DZ68BC is available right nowfor around US$225 which is a very steep price compared towhat you can get competing products for from any of the bigmotherboard makers. We havent managed to track down aprice for the DZ68ZV as yet, although as far as we know, itsnot meant to have launched quite as yet, despite being up onIntels website.As for the DZ68PL and DZ68AF, we sadly only have themodel names at hand, but both should launch before the endof next month. Towards the end of next month Intel shouldalso be adding support for its Smart Response technology, The TL-WR2543ND looks rather stylish in silver and blacki.e. SSD caching to its DP67BA and DP67DE motherboards, rather than the glossy red and black TL-WR2843ND that wastwo distinctly mid-range products, a very peculiar move as on display at Computex. The TL-WR2543ND is a dual-bandaccording to Intel itself, the P67 chipset couldnt possibly 2.4 and 5GHz router with four Gigabit LAN ports and onesupport Smart Response. Well be asking Intel about this one Gigabit WAN port as well as a USB 2.0 port. The downside ofand we might be seeing updates for other P67 motherboards in the TL-WR2543ND is that its not a simultaneous dual-bandthe future as well. If nothing else, it goes to show how many of router, so you either end up with it running at 2.4GHz or 5GHzthe chipset related features are simply just added for product which is a bit of a downside if you have devices that dont workdifferentiation and nothing else. on the 5GHz band.TP-Link launches its first dual-band routerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tp-link-launches-its-first-dual-band-router/13654.htmlSeptember 28th, 2011Wireless routers are a dime a dozen these days, but werequickly moving towards faster devices and 450Mbps routers 10
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOverall, the TL-WR2543ND seems to be very similar to TP- If you are a graphics designer or a hobbyist who enjoysLinks older TL-WR1043ND, but with a new chassis and the drawing, then you might be familiar with the pen tabletaddition of the 5GHz band option. Theres no mention of what products from Wacom. This afternoon, the company unveiledhardware is inside the router, but some information we found their third generation of Bamboo pen tablet devices for theonline seems to point towards it being an Atheros based router. social and creative computer users. The new range includeNo word on pricing as yet either were afraid, but judging the Bamboo Pen (small), Bamboo Pen & Touch (small) andby TP-Links usually affordable pricing, wed imagine the TL- Bamboo Fun (medium). Both the Bamboo Pen & Touch andWR2543ND will be competitively priced, just make sure you the Bamboo Fun are wireless capable which allow users tounderstand what youre buying if youre getting one, or wait work without the hassle of connecting cable.for the TL-WR2843ND which offer simultaneous dual-bandoperation.Wacom Singapore introducesnew Bamboo tablets andCintiq 24HD interactive pendisplaySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/wacom-singapore-introduces-new-bamboo-tablets-and-cintiq-24hd-interactive-pen-display/13653.htmlSeptember 28th, 2011 The Bamboo Pen is designed for basic drawing, writing andThis afternoon, pen tablet manufacturer Wacom has launched annotating of documents, while the Bamboo Pen & Touchtheir third generation Bamboo series of multi-touch and pen offers combination of high quality pen input with multi-touch.tablet devices. On top of that, the company also unveiled the The Bamboo Fun also comes with multi-touch and wirelessnew Cintiq 24HD interactive pen display designed for creative capability and is slightly larger than the Pen & Touch, andprofessionals. is ideal for users who like to draw and sketch or do creative work including retouching and editing. All three pen tablets have black and lime green exterior and will be available from today, with the Bamboo Pen having a retail price of S$135; the Bamboo Pen & Touch at S$185 and the Bamboo Fun at S $335. The wireless accessory kit for Bamboo Pen & Touch and Bamboo fun is selling at S$65. 11
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Battlefield 3 BETA : Performance Preview, Screenshots and HD video walkthrough Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/battlefield-3-beta--performance- preview-screenshots-and-hd-video-walkthrough/13625.html September 28th, 2011 DICEs latest installment of the Battlefield series of multiplayer shooters has finally arrived. We did a quick performance preview using graphics cards like Nvidia GTX 580 and AMD 6990 in Quadfire at Full HD1080p Ultra preset,Besides the pen tablets, Wacom also showcased their new captured high resolution screenshots and recorded a HD videoCintiq 24HD interactive pen display. Based on the popularity walkthrough of the MP Betas Operation Metro map for yourof the Cintiq 24UX and Cintiq 12WX, the Cintiq 24HF is for viewing pleasure.designers, illustrators, animators, video editors and creativeprofessionals who want the most advanced pen-on-screen BF3 BETA Performance Previewexperience. It has a 24-inch full high definition (1920 x 1200)widescreen display, significantly improved color gamut (92% With no formal benchmarking tool and just using FRAPS in anAdobe RGB), supports HDCP protocol and features 2048 empty server on the Operation Metro beta map, we observedlevels of pressure sensitivity and 40-degree of tilt control. the following:The Cintiq 24HD also comes with 10 ExpressKeys, two TouchRings and a USB port.However, for such a huge interactive pen display, the pricedoesnt come cheap; the Cintiq 24HD has a price tag of S$4,269 and will be available in October next month. CPU - Any modern quad coreprocessor of at least 3.2GHz will not bottleneck the framerates in the game. The workload is evenly distributed between threads and more surprisingly, we did not see any noticable scaling when we upped the frequencyNoburu Fujisaki, managing director of Wacom or core count. Neat.Singapore, gave a brief introduction about the company, theirproduct portfolio and also mentioned that the companyhas market share of over 80%, which makes Wacom themarket leader in this segment. 12
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Lowering the resolution and quality preset (low, medium, high ultra and custom) will get you more consistent frame rates, and a mid-range DX11 card like AMD 6850/NvidiaMemory Usage - The bf3.exe process used over 1GB of GTX560 should achieve a smooth ~ 80 to 100fps in 720pmemory. Having at least 4GB of RAM and running a 64-bit medium resolution. Entry level DX11 or last generation DX10operating system should take care of things. GPUs should be able to run this game, albeit not at high definition resolutions. We also noticed Stereo 3D and EyefinityGPU - We ran the tests using the latest beta drivers from both support, but using these features would definitely require aAMD (Catalyst 11.10 Preview) and Nvidia (285.38). This game high-end multi-GPU setup.absolutely scales with multi-core GPU setups and shaderscount/clockspeeds. GPU usage during monitoring was hitting Expect Nvidia and AMD to come out with more optimizedthe roof at 99% for the duration of the testing - something that drivers for BF3, especially when the final retail game is outwe havent seen in recent (shoddy) console ports. a month from now on 28th October. After that, VR-Zone will explore BF3 performance across the whole spectrum of graphics cards (from GTX260 to 6990 Quadfire/MARS II in SLi) and CPUs (Llanos, Zambezis, SB-Es...) in a mega roundup article. Building / Upgrading your gaming rig today? Read our guide for Battlefield 3 systems. We have also prepared a short feature on BF3 running on dual core laptops which was released earlier.At 1080p Ultra settings (with everything graphics detailsset to maximum), we get an average of around 50fps for asingle AMD 6970/GTX580, 80fps for a AMD 6990 (2 GPUcrossfire) and 140fps for a AMD 6990 in Quadfire, whichis actually quite similar to the one-year old Battlefield: BadCompany 2 on maximum settings. It also needed around 1.3GBof GPU framebuffer for the ultra preset textures. A side-by-side monitor test showed indistinguishable image quality fromboth AMD and Nvidia solutions (drivers at default settings),so we know that there is no quack3.exe foul play yet. 13
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone other hand, we can see a lot of businesses buying into this overSandy Bridge-E will launch on Intels more costly Xeon option.the 14th of November, not the15th Intels new desktop AtomSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandy-bridge-e-will-launch-on-the-14th-of-november-not-the-15th/13652.html processors are here Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-new-desktop-atom-processors-September 28th, 2011 are-here/13647.html September 28th, 2011There have been a fair few rumours about when Intel will belaunching the Sandy Bridge-E processors and its X79 chipset Its hard to get excited about new Atom processors, but Intelsand admittedly weve been privy to rumours that didnt pan latest additions to its Atom family of processors, the D2500out. However, we can now reveal that the actual launch date and D2700 is a big step forward for the company, as werewill be the 14th of November, not the 15th as suggested earlier. finally getting a platform thats almost competitive. Not only are we looking at a vastly superior graphics core than past offerings, but were also finally getting features like HDMIThere have been a fair few rumours about when Intel will be output and HD video playback, something the Atom platformlaunching the Sandy Bridge-E processors and its X79 chipset has lacked so far.and admittedly weve been privy to rumours that didnt panout. However, we can now reveal that the actual launch date Its hard to get excited about new Atom processors, but Intels th thwill be the 14 of November, not the 15 as suggested earlier. latest additions to its Atom family of processors, the D2500 and D2700 is a big step forward for the company, as wereAccording to information that has reached us, the first Sandy finally getting a platform thats almost competitive. Not onlyBridge-E processor will be on sale on the 14th of November, are we looking at a vastly superior graphics core than pastoddly enough though, not alongside Intels own DX79SI and offerings, but were also finally getting features like HDMIDX79TO motherboards as they wont arrive until December. output and HD video playback, something the Atom platformThis is as far as were aware, the first time Intel hasnt launched has lacked so far.motherboard products alongside new processors, especiallywhen it comes to an entirely new platform. Wed expect Intels The netbook Atoms are still nowhere to be seen, but wemotherboard partners to be happy about this move though, cant imagine Intel is going to wait too long until it launcheseven though Intels own brand motherboards are far from the them, as were getting awfully close to the holiday seasonmost popular option out there. Its possible that part of the which is usually a time when companies want to have theirreason for the delay here is the last minute changes to the X79 new products in the market. So for now well have to makechipset, although we know for sure that the DX79SI will have do with Intels new desktop parts, the 1.86GHz D2500 anda total of eight internal SATA ports. the 2.13GHz D2700. The D2700 isnt Intels first Atom over 2GHz, as that honour went to a very expensive Z-series AtomAs for Intels CPU coolers from the LGA-2011 platform, well CPU called the Z560 (although the Z550 was close at an eventhe air cooler should retail for somewhere around US$25-30, 2GHz), but it is Intels first D-series Atom processor to breakwhereas the sealed unit watercooler should come in just under the 2GHz barrier.US$100, if our sources prove to be correct. The new air cooleris lighter than the one currently shipping with Intels XEdesktop parts which is quite surprising, but as we dont know Despite not offering DX10 drivers at launch, we expect thewhat Intel has changed yet, well just have to wait and see what new Atom processor to offer several benefits over the currentit ends up looking like, as its possible its not the same cooler models. For starters the TDP is down by 3W compared to theas what was shown at IDF. As far the watercooling solution, previous dual core D-series Atom processors and both modelswe have a good idea of what itll look like after Intels demos are fully 64-bit compatible. The new Atoms are still missingof it at IDF. support for Virtualization though, which might not be a majorThe real question which were still waiting to find out is if there issue for most of us, but its a strange omission. On the upsidewill be enough demand for Intels new platform. Were already were finally seeing support for faster memory, albeit DDR3hearing murmurings from the motherboard manufacturers 1066MHz can hardly be called lightning fast.that theyre considering cutting down their sales estimationsand its widely believed that X79 motherboards will not be aspopular as the current X58 boards. Things might change next However, in our mind, the best feature is the price point,year when a revised X79 chipset is expected to appear that will the Atom D2500 is priced at US$42 in quantities of 1,000bring a working SCU with SAS support, but were not sure this units, with the D2700 coming in at US$52, which should beis enough to make this a popular enthusiast platform. On the compared to US$63 for the Atom D525. Both of the CPUs will 14
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonerely on the fairly basic NM10 chipset, but wed expect the old series. The new SSD 520 series will be available in capacitiesICH9 to work as well, which might see the new Atom processor as high as 480 GB and as low as 60 GB; provide trasfer ratesappear in some vertical solution as well as in low-end desktop of 520 MB/s sequential read, 500 MB/s sequential writessystems. No word on new motherboards from Intel yet, but (compared to 500/315 MB/s on SSD 510), and 40,000 IOPSwere sure theyll crop up on Intels website shortly. read/write 4K random access throughput. In related news, we hear the codename of the successor to SSDIntel SSD 520 Cherryville 520 "Cherryville" is codenamed "King Crest", and is slated forLaunches This November, the second quarter of 2012.Curtains for SSD 510 Battlefield 3 BETA - Can anSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-ssd-520-cherryville-launches-this-november-curtains-for-ssd-510/13646.htmlSeptember 28th, 2011 Intel dual core laptop with AMD discrete GPU run BF3? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/battlefield-3-beta--can-an-intel-dual- core-laptop-with-amd-discrete-gpu-run-bf3-/13628.html September 28th, 2011A little earlier this month, we revealed key details ofIntels next enthusiast solid state drive series, the SSD 520,codenamed Cherryville. In the older article talked about itsspecifications to great lengths. Fresh tips from our sourcessuggests to important bits of information, its launch date andmarket positioning. We answer one of lifes greatest mysteries - can an agingA little earlier this month, we revealed key details of Intel i5-450m dual core laptop with AMD Mobility RadeonIntels next enthusiast solid state drive series, the SSD 520, 5650 graphics run the upcoming Battlefield 3 shooter withcodenamed Cherryville. In the older article talked about its playable fps? Read on.specifications to great lengths. Fresh tips from our sources Strangely, I get asked this question a lot. So lets put it to thesuggests to important bits of information, its launch date and test -market positioning. Machine Specifications: Intel Core i5-450m processor, AMD Mobility Radeon 5650 graphics and 4GB DDR3 memory.The SSD 520 "Cherryville" family is slated for this November,the 4th of November to be precise. That is when one can expectmarket-availability. The second important bit of information CPU-Z - this chip has 3MB cache and can "turbo" up tois that SSD 520 is poised to displace the SSD 510 "Elmcrest" 2.66GHzseries, thats currently out in the market, available at 120 GBand 250 GB capacities.SSD 520 series, according to fresh information, is built aroundthe idea of providing more capacity choices to the consumer,higher throughput, and lower latencies, compared to SSD 510 15
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone FPS (in an empty server): See the top left numberGPU-Z - this mobile part is equivalent to the desktop Radeon5570/GT440 and the mobility GT335M Video of the action: (Obvious) Conclusions: You CAN play Battlefield 3 on a Core i5 dual core system with an entry level AMD GPU. However, if you are going to have any serious multiplayer sessions on this laptop, my only advice is prepare to lose, BADLY. To play BF3 well with high frame rate per second on a notebook PC, it needs to be at least equipped with a high frequency Quad Core processor (2630QM and above) and a Mobility Radeon 5850/GTX560M; the new gaming laptops such as ASUS G73SW and Dell Alienware M14x should have no problem running the game. Next up, well be testing on the AMD Llano A8 APU basedGame Settings: notebooks, and a supermassive 1500W EVGA W555 SR-2 with 2x X5680 @ 5Ghz and 2x Radeon 6990 in Quadfire.For the test, we set the graphics quality preset to custom ,fullscreen resolution to 1366x768 (which is the laptopnative display resolution) and used the lowest setting for everyoption. Olympus prepares Pen mini E-PM1 for 7 October retail in Japan Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/olympus-prepares-pen-mini-e-pm1- for-7-october-retail-in-japan/13645.html September 28th, 2011 Are you looking to get a new digital camera? Olympus has announced 7 October as the retail date for their new Pen Mini E-PM1 interchangeables lens mirrorless camera in Japan. The 16
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePen E-PM1 was unveiled together with E-P3 and E-PL3 inJune this year, though the launch of the product came laterthan its siblings. If the recent reports are of any indication, Windows Phone 7.5 (also known as Mango) is arriving earlier than expectation. And Korean company Samsung has recently announced the launch of their new smartphone based on the Windows PhoneOlympus has announced the retail date for their Micro Four 7.5 mobile operating system, the Omnia W.Thirds system OLYMPUS PEN mini E-PM1, on 7 October inJapan. The estimated retail price is around 70,000 yen (US Measuring 115.9 x 58.8 x 10.9mm and weighing 115.3g,$916) with kit lens; 90,000 yen (US$1,177) for twin lens kit; the Samsung Omnia W sports a 3.7-inch Super AMOLEDand 60,000 yen (US$785) for the camera body alone. The touchscreen (800x480 pixel resolution). It is equipped withE-PM1 will be available in six colors - white, silver, black, a 1.4GHz processor, 8GB storage, 5-megapixel camera andpink, purple and brown. The standard zoom kit lens is M. supports 14.4Mbps HSDPA networks. The Omnia W willZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, while the twin lens retail at around US$420 before taxes and subsidies, andkit consist of the standard zoom and M. ZUIKO DIGITAL commercially available starting in Italy from end of October17mm F2.8. and then gradually rolled out to other parts of Europe, CIS,The Olympus Pen E-PM1 incorporates high-speed 12.3- Latin America, Africa, South East and South West Asia.megapixel Live MOS sensor with formula sensor shift imagestabilizer, ISO sensitivity of ISO 200 to 12800, and supportsAVCHD video recording. It does not come with integrated Western Digital introduces WDflash, though you can use an external flash unit. The E-PM1measures 109.5 × 63.7 × 34mm and weighs 265g with battery 2go and WD 2go Pro mobileand memory card. According to local retailers, the Olympus apps for My Book LivePen mini E-PM1 should retail next month. Pricing details not Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/western-digital-introduces-wd-2go-available at press time. and-wd-2go-pro-mobile-apps-for-my-book-live/13643.html September 28th, 2011Samsung launches affordableOmnia W Windows MangosmartphoneSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-launches-affordable-omnia-w-windows-mango-smartphone/13644.html Western Digital has recently introduced two mobileSeptember 28th, 2011 applications for its My Book Live personal cloud storage solution - WD 2go and 2go Pro. The apps offer users easy access to files stored on the My Book Live drive using an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Android devices.Samsung has unveiled their new Windows 7.5(Mango) smartphone which comes in the form of Omnia W,and it will have a price tag of approximately US$420. TheOmnia W will ship from end October in Italy and slowly toother countries including Asia. 17
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The WD 2go is free for download while the WD 2go Pro is priced at US$2.99. Both apps are currently available for download from the iTunes Store and Android Market. My Book Live personal cloud storage is available at selected retailers and resellers and is distributed by Achieva Technology Pte Ltd and SiS Technology Pte Ltd in Singapore. MSRP is S$209 for 1TB, S$239 for the 2TB, and S$299 for 3TB. AMD also releases special driver (Catalyst 11.10 Preview) for Battlefield 3 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-also-releases-special-driver- catalyst-11.10-preview-for-battlefield-3/13642.html September 28th, 2011Western Digital has introduced its WD 2go and WD 2go Promobile apps for its My Book Live personal cloud storagesolution. The WD My Book Live drive can connect to the homenetwork and users can share files, stream media, and accesscontent anywhere safely with no monthly fees. Secure remoteaccess to the My Book Live is available on any computer Hot on the heels of their green rivals, AMD also released athrough www.WD2go.com, while the WD 2go apps provide special driver just in time for the Battlefield 3 Open Beta today,mobile access to files stored on the drive using an iPad, iPhone, and claims performance increases in both single card andiPod Touch or Android devices. crossfire scenarios.The WD 2go apps support a variety of media file formats • Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta releasefor streaming movies and music or accessing files such as for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabledMicrosoft Office documents. In addition to all of the features Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000currently available in the free WD 2go app, the WD 2go Pro and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series for single GPUapp includes several advanced features, including: configurations- Clipping: Users can clip files, photos, songs, videos or folders • Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta releaseto download a copy from the My Book Live drive to a mobile for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enableddevice, enabling subsequent access even without an Internet Anti-Aliasing cases on CrossFire configurations usingconnection. the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD- Automatic sync: New or modified files added to the My Book 5000 SeriesLive automatically sync to mobile devices. • Enables support for Eyefinity 5x1 display (portrait and landscape) configurations using the AMD Radeon™ HD- Content sharing: The WD 2go Pro app allows users to email 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Seriesfiles, share files as a link, print and open files with third partyapps. • Vision Engine Control Center: User Interface enhancements have been implemented for the- Additional security: Users can leverage an additional layer of CrossfireX, GPU Overdrive, and Information Centersecurity by locking mobile access to the My Book Live drive pages.with a four digit pass code.In addition to remote and mobile access to the personalcloud, WD’s My Book Live features a built-in media server Fujitsu-Toshiba launchesthat streams music, photos and movies to any DLNA-certifiedmultimedia device such as a WD TV Live network media 720p screen touting Arrows Zplayer, Blu-ray Disc player, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Android handset in Japanconnected TV. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fujitsu-toshiba-launches-720p-screen- touting-arrows-z-android-handset-in-japan/13641.htmlMy Book Live personal cloud storage is available in capacitiesof 1TB, 2TB and3 TB and is compatible with WindowsXP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X Leopard, SnowLeopard, or Lion, as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.Price and Availability 18
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSeptember 28th, 2011 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, although somewhat disappointingly it only has Bluetooth 2.1. In typical retro Japanese style it also has support for IrDA. 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage memory is pretty much par for the course, although the 13 Megapixel CMOS camera with a Sony Exmor R for mobile sensor is quite impressive. Theres also a front mounted 1.3 Megapixel camera for video calls, an FM transmitter, an HDMI port, a micro USBOnce again Japan gets the latest and greatest toys to play with port and a micro SDHC card slot.ahead of the rest of the world and if the latest Android handsetfrom Fujitsu-Toshibas soon to end mobile partnership isanything to go by, the future is, uhm, pink? Ok, so there is apink option, but the real selling point of the new handset is 4.3-inch 1280x720 resolution display and the 1.2GHz dual coreTI OMAP4430 SoC at its core, features that should becomecommonplace on high-end smartphones next year.Once again Japan gets the latest and greatest toys to play withahead of the rest of the world and if the latest Android handsetfrom Fujitsu-Toshibas soon to end mobile partnership isanything to go by, the future is, uhm, pink? Ok, so there is apink option, but the real selling point of the new handset is 4.3-inch 1280x720 resolution display and the 1.2GHz dual coreTI OMAP4430 SoC at its core, features that should becomecommonplace on high-end smartphones next year. Another disappointing feature, despite its fairly large size at 128x64x10mm, the 134g heavy Arrows Z only sports a meagre 1,460mAh battery which is a poor show on what is otherwise a very high-end handset. Still, most of the features on offer isnt like to appear on any single competing handset for now, although we do expect to see more devices with 1280x720 screens by the end of this year or early next year. Some of the other features, not so much, especially as many of them are unique to the Japanese market. Source: KDDI au More Sandy Bridge-E overclocking details come toThe new handset is called Arrows Z and launched today onKDDI au in Japan. Its highly unlikely that there will be aversion of the handset for sale outside of Japan though, so lightwere just going to have to kick back and wait for something Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/more-sandy-bridge-e-overclocking-similar to come out from one of Googles other Android details-come-to-light/13639.htmlpartners. That said, the Arrows Z is already far from the fastest September 28th, 2011phone out there, but it does have a few features that standout such as a waterproof body, a built in digital TV-tuner,an e-wallet function and support for DRM protected videostreaming.The Arrows Z also supports WiMAX and CDMA 1xEV-DOand 14.4Mbit/s HSDPA connectivity. It does of course sport Last week some details on how to overclock Intels upcoming Sandy Bridge-E CPU were posted over at bit-tech and in as 19
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonemuch as it covered the basics, details from a Taiwanese websitethat leaked almost simultaneously puts all of the puzzles piecestogether. If and thats is a big if, someone can hit Intelstheoretical maximum clock speed for the upcoming SandyBridge-E processors, then we can expect to see CPU runningat a massive 9.5GHz.Last week some details on how to overclock Intels upcomingSandy Bridge-E CPU were posted over at bit-tech and in asmuch as it covered the basics, details from a Taiwanese websitethat leaked almost simultaneously puts all of the puzzles piecestogether. If and thats is a big if, someone can hit Intelstheoretical maximum clock speed for the upcoming SandyBridge-E processors, then we can expect to see CPU runningat a massive 9.5GHz.So far only details of the turbo frequency for the Sandy Bridge-E processor have leaked, but with the help of all the additionaldetails, we finally have a clearer picture of what to expect. At least the good news is that the PEG and DMI clocks can beIt seems like Intel decided to drop at least one or two of locked at lower multipliers, as this will prevent PCI Expressthe multipliers we heard were available on early engineering devices and the chipset to cause overclocking limitations. Forsamples of the Sandy Bridge-E CPUs and as such were stuck those that want to run multiple graphics cards, it appearswith 1.25 and 1.67, although just like with the current Sandy that Intel had managed to get Nvidia to agree to give theBridge processors, the BCLK can be adjusted in increments of X79 chipset support for 4-way SLI without the need of any1MHz. additional chips. On the not so good news front were hearing rumblings that the 3960X might end up costing more than US $999, although we havent been able to verify this as yet, and yes, that is without a CPU cooler still. Interestingly it looks like the 3930K might still come with a CPU cooler, but this is again something we havent managed to verify, but according to information weve been privy to, the two CPUs are shipping in different boxes where the 3930K comes in a much larger box than the 3960X.One slight snag is that were stuck with the same 57x multiplier Source: bit-tech.net and Top PClimit that we see on the current Sandy Bridge CPUs, althoughthis does of course only apply to the 3960X and the 3930K,as the quad core 3820 is limited to a 45x multiplier. As things Be Quiet! released the all-newgo, the 3820 can be overclocked six bins over its top Turbo Pure Power L8 PSU linemultiplier which is 39x, although if Intels "coarse" BCLK Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/be-quiet-released-the-all-new-pure-multipliers work as intended, it looks like speeds of a lot more power-l8-psu-line/13638.htmlthan 4.5GHz can be achieved even here, with Intel hinting at September 28th, 2011speeds of between 5.9 and 7.5GHz. Not bad for a CPU which isexpected to retail for US$294 in quantities of 1,000.According to a slide from IDF posted over at bit-tech, we canexpect to see core power limit overrides on Sandy Bridge-E and Be Quiet!, the well known German manufacturer of PCthis explains what we heard earlier about the CPUs drawing components and designer of PC power supplies announcedsome serious power. What we dont know is to what degree the today the release of the new L8 Pure Power line. The new L8power enveloped can be pushed, or how much it needs to be series boasts features which were available only on premiumpushed, but were sure there are plenty of eager overclockers models, such as a modular design and a "Silent Wings" fan.out there waiting to find out. If some screen shots posted at At the same time Be Quiet! enriched their older L7 series withbit-tech is anything to go by, were looking at something crazy more powerful units. The new L8 series consists of...like 300W, no wonder Intel decided to create a watercoolingsolution for Sandy Bridge-E Be Quiet!, the well known German manufacturer of PC components and designer of PC power supplies announced today the release of the new L8 Pure Power line. The new L8 series boasts features which were available only on premium models, such as a modular design and a "Silent Wings" fan. 20
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAt the same time Be Quiet! enriched their older L7 series withmore powerful units. The new L8 series consists of four newmodels, ranging from 430W and up to 730W.All models are 80Plus Bronze certified, modular and are usingBe Quiets premium "Silent Wings" cooling fans. The MSRPis 69.9€ for the 430W model and up to 109.9€ for the 730Wmodel (including taxes). Compared to the older E7 730W The LGA1155 socket supports 2nd generation Core i3/i5/i7power supply which has an MSRP of 89.9€, many enthusiasts processors. The CPU is powered by a 5-phase VRM, andmight be willing to pay the extra price in order to get a modular is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel DDR3unit. memory connectivity. The VRM uses a simpler design than what wed expect from Gigabyte, it draws power from a 4-pinSource : Company Press Release 12V connector, apart from the usual 24-pin one. Expansion slots include one PCI-Express 2.0 x16, two PCI-Express 2.0Gigabyte Gives H61 Platform a x1, and three legacy PCI slots, wired to an iTE-made bridge chip. Gigabyte made full use of the connectivity options theTouch of Legacy superIO chip provides, including an LPT (parallel) port, andSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-gives-h61-platform-a-touch- a COM (serial) port. Then theres the usual PS/2 combo portof-legacy-/13637.html that Gigabyte is reluctant to let go of, on its boards.September 28th, 2011Gigabyte released a new socket LGA1155 motherboard basedon the Intel H61 Express chipset, which features legacyconnectivity otherwise rare for the platform. Called the GA-P61-USB3P, the name could lead some to believe its based ona "P61" chipset, since Gigabyte traditionally makes the chipsetmodel clear in the product name. In reality, there is no "P61"chipset.Gigabyte released a new socket LGA1155 motherboard basedon the Intel H61 Express chipset, which features legacyconnectivity otherwise rare for the platform. Called the GA- Interestingly, Gigabyte didnt carry its legacy initiativeP61-USB3P, its name could lead some to believe its based on forward, going on to add floppy and IDE connectors. Granted,"P61" chipset, since Gigabyte traditionally makes the chipset an IDE would have required a larger (pin-count) SATAmodel clear in the product name. In reality, there is no "P61" controller that also supports two IDE channels, but FDD ischipset. doable, since its handled by the superIO chip. Moving on to its modern connectivity, we find two SATA 6 Gbps ports handled by a Marvell 88SE9172 chip, which supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1; four SATA 3 Gbps ports wired to the H61 PCH; two USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel driven by an Etron EJ168 controller; 6-channel HD audio surprisingly driven by the high-end Realtek ALC889 CODEC; and one gigabit Ethernet connection handled by Realtek 8111E. The sole display output is an analog D-Sub connector. Gigabyte regular DualBIOS with HybridEFI (capability to boot from volumes bigger than 2.2 21
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneTB) finds room. While announced, Gigabyte didnt give out its 460 v2, GeForce GTX 460, GeForce GTS 450, GeForce GT 440,pricing. GeForce GT 430, GeForce GT 420, GeForce 405NVIDIA GeForce 285.38 GeForce 300 SeriesDrivers Now Downloadable - GeForce GT 340, GeForce GT 330, GeForce GT 320, GeForceIn Time For Battlefield 3 Open 315, GeForce 310Beta TomorrowSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-geforce-285.38-drivers-now- GeForce 200 Seriesdownloadable--in-time-for-battlefield-3-open-beta-tomorrow/13636.htmlSeptember 28th, 2011 GeForce GTX 295, GeForce GTX 285, GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 275, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce GTS 250, GeForce GTS 240, GeForce GT 230, GeForce GT 240, GeForce GT 220, GeForce G210, GeForce 210, GeForce 205 GeForce 100 Series NVIDIA has just released their 285.38 BETA drivers, claimingup to 38% performance increases and other improvements for GeForce GT 140, GeForce GT 130, GeForce GT 120, GeForcethe Battlefield 3 Open Beta which will be available to privileged G100early access users in less than 23 hours time. • Supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500- GeForce 9 Series series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs. GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX/GTX+, GeForce • Supports OpenGL 4.2 for GeForce 400 series and 500 9800 GT, GeForce 9600 GT, GeForce 9600 GSO, GeForce series GPUs and OpenGL 3.3 for GeForce 8-series and 9600 GSO 512, GeForce 9600 GS, GeForce 9500 GT, GeForce later GPUs. 9500 GS, GeForce 9400 GT, GeForce 9400, GeForce 9300 GS, GeForce 9300 GE, GeForce 9300 SE, GeForce 9300, GeForce • Supports multiple languages and APIs for GPU 9200, GeForce 9100 computing: CUDA C, CUDA C++, CUDA Fortran, OpenCL, DirectCompute, and Microsoft C++ AMP. • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology GeForce 8 Series on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI- GeForce 8800 Ultra, GeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 GTS certified Intel and AMD motherboards. 512, GeForce 8800 GTS, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GS, GeForce 8600 GTS, GeForce 8600 GT, GeForce 8600 GS, GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8400 GS, GeForce 8400 SE, GeForce 8400, GeForce 8300 GS, GeForce 8300, GeForceION (Desktops) 8200, GeForce 8200 /nForce 730a, GeForce 8100 /nForceION 720aION LE (Desktops) GeForce 7 SeriesION LE GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a, GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i, GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, GeForce 7100 / NVIDIAGeForce 500 Series nForce 630i, GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, GeForce 7100 GS, GeForce 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i, GeForce 7300GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 580, GeForce GTX 570, SE / 7200 GS, GeForce 7300 LE, GeForce 7300 GS, GeForceGeForce GTX 560, GeForce GTX 560 Ti, GeForce GTX 550 Ti, 7300 GT, GeForce 7350 LE, GeForce 7500 LE, GeForce 7550GeForce GT 545, GeForce GT 530, GeForce GT 520 LE, GeForce 7600 LE, GeForce 7600 GS, GeForce 7600 GT, GeForce 7650 GS, GeForce 7800 GS, GeForce 7800 GTX, GeForce 7800 SLI, GeForce 7900 GS, GeForce 7900 GT/GTO,GeForce 400 Series GeForce 7900 GTX, GeForce 7950 GT, GeForce 7950 GX2GeForce GTX 480, GeForce GTX 470, GeForce GTX 465,GeForce GTX 460 SE v2, GeForce GTX 460 SE, GeForce GTX GeForce 6 Series 22
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGeForce 6100, GeForce 6100 nForce 400, GeForce 6100 HP announces new displaysnForce 405, GeForce 6100 nForce 420, GeForce 6150, for creative professionals andGeForce 6150 LE, GeForce 6150LE / Quadro NVS 210S,GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, GeForce 6200, GeForce 6200 SMBsA-LE, GeForce 6200 LE, GeForce 6200 TurboCache(TM), Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-announces-new-displays-for-GeForce 6200SE TurboCache(TM), GeForce 6250, GeForce creative-professionals-and-smbs/13634.html6500, GeForce 6600, GeForce 6600 GT, GeForce 6600 LE, September 28th, 2011GeForce 6600 VE, GeForce 6610 XL, GeForce 6700 XL,GeForce 6800, GeForce 6800 GS, GeForce 6800 GS/XT,GeForce 6800 GT, GeForce 6800 LE, GeForce 6800 Ultra,GeForce 6800 XE, GeForce 6800 XT Despite the recent dismissal of their CEO and appointing a new one, HP has continued to unveil their new range ofHTC plans to develop products. This time, it is their new displays which includeproprietary mobile operating the performance series featuring LED backlit IPS panels - ZR2740w, ZR2440w, ZR2240w and ZR2040w; the HPsystem Compaq LE2202x Essential Display and the HP CompaqSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-plans-to-develop-proprietary- LA2206xc WLD backlit LCD Monitor.mobile-operating-system/13635.htmlSeptember 28th, 2011It was just last week that Samsung mentioned that it wouldopen-source its Bada platform for other manufacturers anddevelopers. And it seems like Taiwanese manufacturer HTC isplanning to develop a mobile operating system of their owntoo. HP has announced new additions of affordable and powerful displays to its portfolio, designed for creative professionals and businesses. The displays include the company’s first 27- inch performance display with more than 1 billion colors, and the industry’s first sub-US$200 display with in-plane switching (IPS) technology. The four new HP ZR-series Performance Displays - HP ZR2740w, ZR2440w, ZR2240w and ZR2040w - are aimedAccording to Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia, in at professionals in animation, game development, broadcast,Seoul, Korea, the company has plans to develop its own mobile computer-aided design, design and graphic arts. They comeoperating system though will still continue to strengthen with light-emitting diode (LED) backlights for a slim industrialthe collaboration with Microsoft and Google. In order to design, more robust colors and the elimination of mercury. Allgo head on with Apples iOS and be less reliant on Google of HP’s ZR series displays employ IPS technology for ultrawideAndroid OS, Samsung was recently reported that it will open- viewing angles and offer up to 10 times higher contrast ratiossource the Bada platform next year, which will allow other when viewed from an angle as compared to mainstreammanufacturers and developers to help grow the ecosystem. monitors that use twisted nematic (TN) technology.However, HTC has made little headway in the developmentof their own proprietary operating system. It is likely that the The HP Compaq LE2202x features LED technology forcompany could acquire a mobile OS and incorporate it into enhanced color performance and a thinner profile thantheir products, though experts predict disastrous results if the previous HP Essential Displays. The LE2202x providesmobile OS fails. full high definition 1920 x 1080 native resolution with 3,000,000:1 DCR, 170°/160° viewing angles, and fast 5ms response times that offer crisp and detailed views. It sports a small footprint and comes with Display Assistant Software 23
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethat enables intelligent theft deterrence, impactful energy wouldnt want to crash out during a personal best high scoringsavings, convenient desktop partitioning, and customizable multiplayer session.picture quality. The 21.5-inch diagonal panel is BFR/PVC-,mercury- and arsenic-free, and the display’s flat packagingreduces waste and shipping cost. Barnes & Noble to launch newThe HP Compaq LA2206xc WLD backlit LCD monitor Nook Color tablet?is designed for businesses looking to improve the way Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/barnes--noble-to-launch-new-nook-they collaborate and communicate with team members color-tablet-/13632.htmland customers, while saving time and money. The 21.5- September 28th, 2011inch widescreen monitor comes with a built-in webcam usingHP MyRoom for real-time collaboration right from yourdesk. Pricing and availability for the HP displays in Asia Pacificwill be announced in the coming weeks.Guide To Building A Gaming With the success of their Nook tablets, it could be true thatRig For Battlefield 3 Barnes & Noble could be planning to launch a new one underSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/guide-to-building-a-gaming-rig-for- the same line. And if reports are true, we may see the new tabletbattlefield-3/13633.html in stores in the next quarter, which is timely for end of yearSeptember 28th, 2011 Christmas shoppers.There has been literally too many uninformed gues-timationsbeing thrown around in forums everywhere about this topic.Were less than 24 hours away from the BF3 beta and hereare the configurations we came up with for different tiers ofgamers.What if I have unlimited money to spend and must play inultra/4k resolutions/eyefinity/stereo 3d/contribute to globalwarming:Processor: EVGA W555 SR-2 with 2 x Xeon X5680 @ 4.6GhzGraphics Card: 2 x AMD Radeon 6990 in Quadfire or 2 xNvidia GTX 590 sli or 2 x ASUS MARS II If news from The Digital Reader are believed to be true, Barnes & Noble could be launching three new tablets this year, withI have 0 friends / Not going to play online: one of them being an update to the Nook Color. The Nook(same as the advertised minimum system requirements) Touch and Nook Color would retain their US$139 and US$249 price tags respectively, and the two Nook Color tablets wouldProcessor: 2 GHz Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ or Althon have higher price points. The Encore and Acclaim tablets willX2 2.7 GHz) be priced at US$249 and US$349, and note that Acclaim is a new codename for the tablet. It is likely that Encore could beGraphics Card (AMD): DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB the new update to the Nook Color, seeing the similar pricing.RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 series, with Unfortunately, no specifications were given, though it wasATI RADEON 3870 or higher performance) mentioned that the new tablets would be out in the next quarter, which could be as early as October.Graphics Card (NVIDIA): DirectX 10.0 compatible with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR500 series with NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT or higher Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Waterperformance) Cooler Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/antec-kuhler-h2o-620-water-cooler- review/13630.htmlRemember to run Linpack on your CPUs and Furmark on yourGPUs to test for stability/cooling efficiency at full load. You 24
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSeptember 28th, 2011 o 151 mm (H) x 120 mm (W) x 27 mm (D) • Fan Dimensions: o 4.7" x 1.0" / 120 mm x 25 mm • Air Flow: o 81.3 CFMIn the world of home computing, using water cooling started • Cold Plate + Pump Height:off when a couple of enthusiasts tried to achieve highoverclocking performance on their (at the time) top of the line o 1.1" / 27 mm486DX processors. Within a few months the trend took off • Net weight: 1.5 lbs / 0.7 kgand many enthusiasts and overclockers were designing andbuilding their own parts, when companies offering ready parts • AQ3 - Antec Quality 3 year limited warranty on parts andand even ready to assemble kits began to emerge. It was not laboruntil years later that companies released closed, ready to runwater cooling solutions and still only a few are available in themarket today. Antec has just released such a water cooler, the Leaked AMD roadmapsvery compact Kühler H2O 620, which also comes with a veryinteresting retail price tag. Will it manage to outperform the suggests Llano replacement inhumongous air coolers available today? We will find out in this Q112review. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/leaked-amd-roadmaps-suggests-llano-In the world of home computing, using water cooling started replacement-in-q1-12/13631.htmloff when a couple of enthusiasts tried to achieve high September 28th, 2011overclocking performance on their (at the time) top of the line486DX processors. Within a few months the trend took offand many enthusiasts and overclockers were designing andbuilding their own parts, when companies offering ready partsand even ready to assemble kits began to emerge. It was notuntil years later that companies released closed, ready to runwater cooling solutions and still only a few are available in the If what appears to be a legit leak of a mobile product roadmapmarket today. Antec has just released such a water cooler, the from AMD is the real deal, then we can expect Llanosvery compact Kühler H2O 620, which also comes with a very replacement, Trinity, to arrive in Q1 next year. As with Llano,interesting retail price tag. Will it manage to outperform the Trinity will have four different main SKUs, although so far nohumongous air coolers available today? We will find out in this specific models are listed. Trinity will be based on AMDs newreview. Pilderiver core which is derived from Bulldozer, the same core which well see in the soon to launch AMD FX series of CPUs. If what appears to be a legit leak of a mobile product roadmapManufacturer features and specifications from AMD is the real deal, then we can expect Llanos • CPU Socket Compatibility: replacement, Trinity, to arrive in Q1 next year. As with Llano, Trinity will have four different main SKUs, although so far no o Intel LGA 775, 1155 / 1156, 1366, AMD AM2, AM3, specific models are listed. Trinity will be based on AMDs new AM2+, AM3+ Pilderiver core which is derived from Bulldozer, the same core • Low profile pump ensures exceptional liquid circulation which well see in the soon to launch AMD FX series of CPUs. while preserving internal airflow The platform will be known as Comal and initially itll co-exist • Non-corrugated easy-bend tubes for maximum with the Sabine platform which is the current mobile Llano flexibility in radiator positioning APUs combined with the A70M and A60M chipsets. Comal • Intelligent noise / speed-control fan for quiet, efficient will continue to use the same chipsets and as far as we can cooling tell, the same socket. Well also be seeing improved graphics, currently codenamed London. Beyond that, details are very • Latest generation copper cold plate for optimal sketchy, but what we do know is that the TDP will remain the conduction same as for the current APUs. • Cooling Liquid - Safe, environmentally-friendly, anti- corrosive • Fan Speed: 1450 - 2000 RPM • Tubing Length: 13.0" / 330 mm • Radiator Dimensions: o 5.6" (H) x 4.7" (W) x 1.1" (D) / 25
  • September 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLater next year well see the introduction of Wichita and The roadmap also contains some details of what AMD isKrishna, both part of the Deccan platform. Both SKUs will planning for 2013. At the top we have Kaveri which is Trinitysfeature Bobcat core, i.e. the same CPU cores as AMD current replacement which will feature Steamroller CPU cores and aZacate and Ontario entry level APUs. However, the graphics yet unknown graphics core. Below that we have Kabini whichcore will be the same as for Trinity, albeit wed expect to see will feature Jaguar cores, a feature it shares with the tabletfar fewer shader units compared to Trinity. Interestingly AMD friendly Samara APU. Kaveri will be teamed up with the Boltonhas developed a new FCH for Wichita and Krishna called Yuba FCH, while Kabini gets the integrated Yangtze FCH and finallywhich incorporates two SATA 6Gbps ports, two USB 3.0 ports, Samara will feature the integrated Salton FCH.10 USB 2.0 ports, 4 PCI Express x1 lanes, a built in SDHCcontroller and various other basic chipset features. Yuba will Lets hope AMD can deliver on this roadmap, as this year hasreplace the A50M FCH in this product category. The Deccan been a bit of a disaster for AMD. That said, at least for nextplatform should launch sometime in Q2 next year. year we should be looking at 32nm parts and by then AMD and Global Foundries shouldve gotten yield rates up to expected levels. With a Bulldozer core at the heart of Trinity we should also see a decent jump in raw CPU performance over Llano and its aging Husky cores. Source: 3DCenter forumsAs for the "ultra low power" segment were looking at Hondo,a next gen Desna APU which brings the power down from5.9W to 4.5W. Honda incorporates two Bobcat cores, the sameLoveland graphics as the current range of entry level APUsand the same FT1 BGA package. The platform will be knownas Brazos T and as AMD is targeting tablets, well be seeing anew FCH here too, called A55T. The A55T is a very small andsimplified FCH with a single SATA port, SDIO support andeight USB 2.0 ports. 26